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23 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the win, his team selection, the League debut for Daniel Ojo and his views on the development of the team. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game.


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23 February 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Cambridge United, these are now available online. There is one-and-three-quarter minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the winning goal from Courtney Duffus, but also adds in a first half chance for Alex Fisher, and two second half efforts from Alex Dobre and another from Duffus. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United Match Highlights.


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23 February 2019 : Darren Way Proud And Honoured By Cambridge Win And Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he was proud and honoured after watching his side beat fellow relegation strugglers Cambridge United 1-0 at Huish Park this afternoon. The gritty and determined victory was gained thanks to Courtney Duffus, who struck from close range in the 25th minute of the match for the only goal of the match, following up on an Alex Dobre shot that was parried out to him.

Elsewhere, the Glovers had to dig deep, as a makeshift defence that started the game with Yoann Arquin playing as a stand-in centre-back managed to win the day, with Rhys Browne ultimately being deployed as a right-back after Arquin's early injury. Way told BBC Somerset that he saw his own selection as the 'bravest' that he'd ever done and praised the fighting spirit shown across the 90 minutes to keep Cambridge out:

"Proud, honoured and I respect what the team has done. It's probably the bravest team selection that I've made, certainly under the pressure that the club is under with getting results. But boy did they perform. I've explained to the players, we get through this all week, with every single member of staff around the football club, and you just have to keep fighting. I asked the players, that we want to watch the video knowing that our body language is full of confidence and energy. The foundations of this football club since I've been here is fight, fight and fight even harder and for sure we've had to do that."

Whilst the sight of Arquin at centre-back was a surprise, and the moving of Rhys Browne to a right-back slot might have raised some eyebrows, in the other full-back slot was another surprise choice. Academy player Daniel Ojo was a tactical choice, starting ahead of Carl Dickinson, at the age of 18 years old. Previously only selected in a single EFL Trophy game, this was Ojo's EFL debut, and Way said the left-back's selection and performance was also a proud moment for everyone at the club:

"That's a proud moment for every single supporter. It's something that I've put so much time and effort in, with so many meetings. It's not just been Daniel, it's been Gabby Rogers. You never know when that chance is going to come. As a manager it's always difficult when you feel it's the right moment for the player. But from what I've seen in training, and what I've seen in my previous games, I said it was the right moment. To see that young team, and I'm not too sure what the average age is, I think that's the future of the football club. All I asked for was patience for these young players from the supporters and get behind them, and I thought they did that today. The supporters were the twelfth man and there was a different feel around the place, and they've got three points for them as well, because it's nice going into work on Monday, boasting a win."


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23 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
If you watched Saturday's 1-0 win against Cambridge United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United.


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23 February 2019 : Yeovil 1 Cambridge 0 : Duffus Strike Ends Winless Run In Six-Pointer
Yeovil Town picked up their first League Two points in seven matches as they won their vital six-pointer against Cambridge United by a 1-0 scoreline. The match winner came midway through the first half as former Oldham Athletic striker Courtney Duffus followed up the loose ball from an Alex Dobre shot in what was his first start for the club. Cambridge were well in the game throughout, but lacked firepower, with Alex Jones missing a sitter midway through the second half, whilst Greg Taylor hit the woodwork. But a makeshift Yeovil defence featuring Rhys Browne and Daniel Ojo produced the blocks that were needed to lift Yeovil to 21st place, and three points off the relegation slots.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to the team that were well beaten at Forest Green last weeked. Craig Alcock (knee) and Alex Pattison (back) dropped out of the squad through injury, whilst Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Carl Dickinson were dropped to the bench. That made for a very makeshift looking line-up particularly in defence where Yoann Arquin was a shock centre-back selection

The decision to select Yoann Arquin as a centre-back was an unusual one, and early on Yeovil looked nervous and disjointed. Arquin collided with teammate Matt Worthington and appeared to be crocked, meaning that when he collided with Jabo Ibehre a minute or two later, he went down and couldn't continue. That meant that the original tactical plans had to be completely abandoned with Bevis Mugabi moving to centre-back, Rhys Browne becoming a right-back and substitute Tristan Abrahams coming on to play as a right-winger.

In terms of the football itself, Cambridge had managed to flight a George Maris free kick over the bar, whilst Jabo Ibehre forced Nathan Baxter into his first save of the day as he parried a shot, with the defence eventually getting in enough blocks to hack the loose ball away. George Taft when close when he headed wide from a George Maris corner, whilst the visitors also hit the top of the crossbar, as Greg Taylor's looping cross bounced of the top of the frame and out.

At 25 minutes, Yeovil Town hadn't had an effort on goal. However, their first chance turned into the opening goal, as AFC Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre's solo run took him past two defenders before he fired off a shot. Visiting keeper Dimitar Mitov could only parry the shot, and the first player to react was Courtney Duffus, who stabbed the rebound home from close range for a 1-0 lead.

The one goal advantage almost became two, when Alex Fisher fired wide of the post. A move up the right flank from Rhys Browne after Tristan Abrahams set him up on the overlap saw him feed Fisher, but the striker couldn't get his attempt on target. Cambridge looked a little stunned by the goal, and apart from an awful Jabo Ibehre shot that went high and wide, the only effort they managed in the lead up to half time was when David Amoo burst past the otherwise excellent Daniel Ojo, and hit his shot just wide during first half injury time.

The second period opened up with Cambridge again unable to deal with Alex Dobre's running with the ball, as he fired off a shot that forced Mitov down to his left to stop the ball. But at the other end, it took a strong block tackle by Rhys Brown to prevent Jabo Ibehre from equalising as the former Carlisle striker's attempt at the back post came off Brown's leg and onto the outer goal frame for a corner. There was then a huge let-off after a David Amoo cross found Alex Jones unmarked at the back post and just six yards out. The Cambridge striker managed to convert his shot wide of the post to stop his side from equalising.

Yeovil's best second half chances came on the counter-attack. Just before he was substituted, goalscorer Courtney Duffus produced an angled shot that Mitov had to palm over his crossbar for a corner. His withdrawal saw Jake Gray come on, with the Glovers switching to a 4-5-1 for the final 15 minutes as they packed men behind the ball. Cambridge couldn't find a way through the numbers that blocked out the possession and territory, reducing Cambridge to playing the ball around the edge of Nathan Baxter's goal area, but without being able to directly worry the keeper. They were able to ride out six minutes of injury time in a performance that - Dobre aside - was largely about grit and deterination, rather than attacking flair. The three points gained were enough to lift them above Port Vale and to give them a three point buffer on Macclesfield Town, with the Glovers now in 21st place.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cambridge United 0.

Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 25 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter (Capt)
5. Bevis Mugabi 18. Yoann Arquin 2. Adel Gafaiti 26. Daniel Ojo
7. Rhys Browne 8. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 3. Carl Dickinson (74 mins for Daniel Ojo) 10. Jake Gray (77 mins for Courtney Duffus) 13. Francois Zoko 16. Tristan Abrahams (10 mins for Yoann Arquin) 27. Ryan Seager 28. Devon Arnold

Cambridge United:
13 Dimitar Mitov
25 Louis John 4 George Taft 16 Harry Darling 5 Greg Taylor
7 David Amoo 6 Gary Deegan 18 George Maris 19 Reggie Lambe
14 Jabo Ibehre 26 Alex Jones

Substitutes:
9 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (63 mins for Alex Jones) 15 Emmanuel Osadebe 17 Leon Davies 20 Jeavani Brown (64 mins for Louis John) 22 Paul Lewis 30 Finley Iron

Yeovil Bookings: Adel Gafaiti (foul, 55 mins), Alex Fisher (foul, 58 mins), Tristan Abrahams (foul, 90 mins), Nathan Baxter (timewasting, 90 mins)

Cambridge United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 17.

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,596 (with 222 Cambridge United supporters).


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23 February 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name five changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Forest Green Rovers last weekend. Rhys Browne, Matt Worthington, Courtney Duffus, Daniel Ojo and Alefe Santos come into the side. Dropping out are Alex Pattison and Craig Alcock who are out of the squad entirely, whilst Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and Carl Dickinson are on the bench.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes but resumed full training, and so should be back soon. Josh Grant (foot), Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder) and Gary Warren (hamstring), Alex Pattison (back), Craig Alcock (knee) and Gabriel Rogers (calf) are the other injury absentees. Tom James serves the last of a four match ban.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter (Capt)
5. Bevis Mugabi 18. Yoann Arquin 2. Adel Gafaiti 26. Daniel Ojo
7. Rhys Browne 8. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 3. Carl Dickinson 10. Jake Gray 13. Francois Zoko 16. Tristan Abrahams 27. Ryan Seager 28. Devon Arnold


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23 February 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Cambridge United Home Game
Saturday sees Yeovil Town play host to Cambridge United in a League Two encounter at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be present at the ground, after a week that has seen a potential new owner unveiled, in the form of New Orleans attorney Rob Couhig. Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell met him earlier this week for the first time, so you might want to get more views on how that went or give the Trust your own views on the possible new direction of the club.

The Trust are also down to their last few scarves of their initial batch, so snap one of those up if you're passing, whilst there are also some subtle changes to membership planned that are described below. Details are as follows:

Match: Cambridge United

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m.

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Takeover update, Blueprint Feedback.

Other points of note:
1. We have less than 10 of the 'I AM YTFC' scarves in stock at present but are expecting another batch in soon. The stock that we do have will be available for purchase ahead of the game from the Gazebo. The scarf is priced at £5 and can also be purchased online by heading here).
2. We are running a promotional offer on Trust membership at present whereby the term of membership has been extended. Any new memberships, or renewals of lapsed memberships will remain valid until the 30th of June 2020, representing a 16 months for the price of 12. This offer has also been automatically backdated to any current members who commenced their membership or renewal from January 1st 2019.
3. From 1st of July 2019, we are planning to run membership terms over an individual 12 month rolling basis, so if, for example, a membership is taken out or renewed on the 15th of August 2019, the membership will not expire until the 14th of August 2020. We are also exploring a number of new membership administration systems which we hope will make it easier to manage this process and also provide members with easier ways to pay, such as direct debit and credit card payments. The aim is to have this in place by the 1st of July 2019.


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23 February 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Cambridge United Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on a meeting he held with prospective owner Rob Couhig earlier this week, the targets he feels he's been set, the challenge of Cambridge United and the news on injured players. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Cambridge United.


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22 February 2019 : Darren Way Believes Couhig Arrival Will Help Him And Relieve Pressure
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that the potential arrival of prospective owner Rob Couhig will be something that can help him in his management position. Whilst it will probably be up to a month before the man from New Orleans formally takes over the running of the club, he is reported to have already chipped in towards Way's playing budget during the January transfer window, whilst he held talks with current owner Norman Hayward about taking the 92 percent shareholding in the club.

Couhig paid a visit to Somerset this week to conduct further talks and to meet the local media, and he also met with Way around that period to discuss his position. Way told BBC Somerset today that the future owner's takeover will help take the pressure off him in due course:

"First impressions are that he left my room with energy. He said he's here to help. He turned up early, unnoticed. It was strange really, but as I've said he knows what I've been working with. He explained that he's here to help me, and take that pressure of trying to worry about making the football club sustainable, because he knows we've probably had to sell our best players. The balancing of the books is a huge responsibility as a manager. The pressure of that he's willing to take that away. So it can only be good. Probably what's needed is that there are a few things that need to be addressed with realism. That's probably the biggest thing, with focus and dedication, because we can't change things overnight."

Way explained what he had talked about during their conversation at Huish Park, with the more immediate pressing task of needing to avoid relegation during the 2018-19 season, with the club stuck dangerously close to the bottom two positions. He claimed that the problems he faced were caused by change at certain parts of the season, but said that he was comfortable with what he needed to do:

"The window is closed. I explained to him it's probably been five years now of where we are. I explained to him I'm comfortable with where we're working because we've been here before. If you look at a graph, which I presented to him of what the pattern has been over the last five years, of when we get to a certain period or a certain stage in the season, as far as the squad, with loan players, inexperienced players, young players, it's very very difficult to make sure that you create a winning team, because it changes. I think he understands that. I feel his passion is certainly changing the matchday experience. That's the first impression that I got. He's very very passionate. He's a winner. He's ruthless, but I think the club needs that, whether that's me, whether that's staff, whether that's players. He's willing to sacrifice probably financially, which again is not easy."

With the advantage of the internet, Couhig would be able to follow all of Yeovil Town's fixtures via video or audio stream, meaning that despite being in New Orleans, Couhig has an opportunity to be fairly clued up on the club he is hoping to buy. Way said from that point of view he expected his future boss to be very aware of what he's been up to this season:

"He's been following this for a long long time and he's probably seen every single interview that I've given. He probably knows everything about my lifestyle, my family. He knows how hard I work. He knows the passion that I've got for the football club, and he probably understands there's got to be someone that's got to take the bullets. I've done that for probably three years now, and I explained to him, we've been working extremely hard, with my staff. Probably the most difficult thing is the relationship of the players, because we seem to get off to a good start, then through injuries, suspensions, loss of form, it's difficult. Our objective to stay in the Football League has been completed every year."


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22 February 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cambridge United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

He is the father of Michael Salisbury who is also a regular Football League referee, meaning that occasionally people get the two mixed up. Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, although oddly when we do get him, it tends to be in the West Country rather than in the North-West area.

He last turned up for the Boxing Day League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park. We lost the game 2-1, largely due to a slow start in the game. Given matches against the Grecians have often been high-booking affair, we thought he controlled it fairly well, with just two yellow cards and no big decisions to make.

There was a bit more for him to do during the September 2017 League Two match against Port Vale. There he was a very busy man, with seven yellow cards, and ultimately an eighth turning into a dismissal for Vale's James Gibbons. Although eight bookings is generally fairly excessive, the Gibbons dismissal couldn't really be argued with, given that he committed two bad fouls close to the touchline, with the second one resulting in a bit of a tangle with Otis Khan. Both players were correctly booked, which meant the Vale youngster had to walk.

One year previously, in September 2016, he was at Huish Park for the 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town. Although he booked five players, it's mainly the football that we remember it for, with Gary Johnson's side having a particularly torrid time down the flanks as Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges had possibly their best game of the season. With six goals there wasn't a lot of focus upon the refereeing.

The same was true for his visit in December 2015, which gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnet. This was another game that was all about the football, with the visitors dominating the first half, whilst we came back in the second. No visibility of any refereeing influence - there were a few grumbles about Barnet's second goal being possibly offside, but the match video was entirely inconclusive. He was also present for our May 2014 home match against Middlesbrough - our final match at Championship level. We were easily outclassed on the day against a Boro team that were ultimately going to do well during the following season, and so no complaints about the result or the referee's performance. With us already down, it had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it all.

You then have to go all the way back in February 2010 for his next match, when we took on Milton Keynes Dons, winning the game 1-0. Of course after the game, Franchise boss Karl Robinson moaned and moaned although on this occasion not at the referee, who booked six players but we can't see too much evidence of him having caused too much controversy on the day.

Earlier that same season, he took charge of the previous month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so was quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch were published on the day of that postponement; his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.

He was present for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008, which was an emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in during that month. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

Link: December 2018 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 1.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Cheltenham Town 2.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 2.

Link: May 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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22 February 2019 : League Issue 'Final Request' To Coventry City, Threatening Expulsion From The EFL
The Football League have issued what they regard as a 'final request' to Coventry City to commit to where it will stage its home matches during the 2019-20 season. They have set a deadline of March 5th 2019 as a deadline for the League One side to agree whether it will be playing at the Ricoh Arena or another venue for next season, and state that if Coventry fail to respond or provide a satisfactory solution, then they will call a League EGM on April 25th, to consider their expulsion from the Football League.

The current situation concerns Coventry City owners SISU and their ongoing row over the leasehold agreement and ownership of the Ricoh Arena. The stadium is currently owned by rugby side Wasps, but with the current leasehold due to expire this summer. SISU are currently attempting to take legal action against Wasps and previous stadium owners Arena Coventry Ltd, claiming that Coventry City Council (who co-owned Arena Coventry Ltd) had undervalued the stadium by £27 million when it was sold to Wasps in 2014.

Coventry City's row over the Ricoh Arena stems back to Arena Coventry's ownership of the stadium, where they claimed that their leasehold agreement was unfair, and they attempted to force a new agreement with ACL back in 2013, ultimately moving to groundshare with Northampton Town at their Sixfields Stadium during the 2013-14 season before returning to the Ricoh Arena in September 2014. With Wasps buying the stadium in November 2014, SISU found they had new landlords, and they have been unable to agree a new leasehold agreement with Wasps. The rugby side now have decided that they will not entertain a new agreement whilst Coventry continue their legal action.

With that impasse continuing, the EFL are now giving Coventry an ultimatum - to find an alternative stadium for the 2018-19 season, to resolve their problems with Wasps, or to face expulsion. The League have said that they have set the April 25th ultimate deadline, to ensure that the situation is clear before any final day of the season, or play-off matches are played. EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey says of the situation:

"The matter of Coventry City's efforts to secure a home venue for 2019-20 season and beyond has been a serious concern for all parties for a significant period of time and the objective of the EFL, as it has always been, is to secure an appropriate solution for the long-term future of the Club as they are a much valued member of our competition. The course of action taken this week is with reluctance, but the League has to ensure the integrity of our competitions is maintained and all Clubs meet the obligations that come with being a member of the EFL. We remain in regular dialogue with the Club and will provide all practical available assistance in line with EFL Regulations."

The League do not mention it in their statement, but there are unconfirmed reports that the League would not sanction Coventry moving as far away as Sixfields on this occasion, having told Coventry that they must secure a stadium move within the Coventry 'area', with the obvious question being how far away they would allow them to stage matches, either on a temporary or permanent basis.

There is an obvious League Two relevance. If Coventry are expelled, then given the League's deadline, this would almost certainly result in only one relegation place at the foot of League Two, with the need to rebalance the 72 club membership of the League. As such, in that scenario one club would be relegated from League Two, whilst two clubs would be promoted from the National League. The same principle would be established in terms of the relegation/promotion slots between League One and League Two.


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21 February 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Make Yeovil Great Again
In what has been a rather busy week at Yeovil Town, the central news has been the unveiling of what will hopefully be Yeovil Town's next Owner and Chairman of the club. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the arrival of Rob Couhig and the potentially good things he said, but also strikes a cautionary note, along with a reminder that the short term is what it's all about, with a belated lookback at last Saturday's match at Forest Green Rovers. Read on via the link below, and feel free to have your own say on both halves of the blog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Make Yeovil Great Again.


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21 February 2019 : BBC Local Radio Interview With Rob Couhig
Earlier this week, New Orleans investor Rob Couhig spoke to a variety of local media concerning his interest in purchasing Yeovil Town FC. During that press day, he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset. Read what he had to say about where the bid stands, why he chose this week to come over to the UK, his views on Darren Way and team performance, and also on the matchday experience at Huish Park, via the link below.

Link: Rob Couhig Talks To The BBC About His Plans To Takeover Yeovil Town FC.


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21 February 2019 : Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Friday 19th April (Good Friday) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Gresty Road. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Seniors and Disabled: £17.00; Aged 12-16: £10.50; Under-11s: £6.50.

Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge, if required. They may require proof that you are on the medium or high rate of Disability Living Allowance. Alternatively, a personal letter from your GP is permitted.

Tickets are bar coded, so tickets should be kept in good condition and ensure that the stub is not detached.

Away supporters get the North Stand, which holds 1,680 and gives a side view. This stand goes under the sponsored name of the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand. Parking is available at the ground at a cost of £3.50. Visiting supporters are welcome to use the Alexandra Suite adjacent to the away area from noon, for drinks and hot and cold food.

For those who choose to purchase on the day of the game, you'll need to visit the Away Ticket Office which is situated on that side of the ground and is open from midday for Saturday games. This is also the place you'll need to visit if you've purchased tickets from Huish Park but wish to do pick-ups on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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20 February 2019 : Supporters Alliance Representatives Give Feedback From Meeting With Rob Couhig
Supporters Alliance Group Chairman Rich Rendell has given a review of a meeting that was held on Tuesday with prospective owner Rob Couhig and club advisor Mark Palmer. The meeting was arranged just before the afternoon press session that took place, and saw Rich representing the Supporters Alliance and the Green and White Supporters Club, whilst Stuart Burrell represented the Glovers Trust.

The two have this evening met alongside other Supporters Group representatives of the Alliance (but not as a formal Alliance Group meeting) and following this secondary meeting, Rich has provided the following update, which the Glovers Trust are also supporting:

"Today's informal Alliance Meeting was arranged to have an open discussion on the league position of Yeovil Town FC and the challenges that exist in persuading the current Board that something needs to change quickly. Of course, the activities and news in the last 24 hours have changed the complexion and focus somewhat.

Yeovil Town Supporters Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell (Green and White Supporters Club) and Stuart Burrell (Glovers Trust) were invited to meet with Rob Couhig and Mark Palmer at The Lanes Hotel in West Coker at 10:30am on Tuesday 19th of February 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss their proposed ownership model, plans for the future and desire and commitment to keep Yeovil Town Football Club in the football league.

Rob explained that he has a passion for sports, notably minor league teams in America, and developed an interest in English Football via his brother’s affection for Liverpool. He has been in contact with Mark Palmer for a few years and has been looking for an opportunity to buy an English club but until recently has not found one that fits the profile of what he has been looking for. His view on Yeovil Town is that there is huge potential for improvement and is extremely keen on focussing on the supporter experience from the outset.

They explained that negotiations have progressed and that the completion timescale being targeted is 'within the next month'. At present they are only able to act as advisors to the current personnel which has presented a particular challenge in certain areas.

Ideas stretch far and wide – Rob wants to bring back a good family feeling at the Club, with decent food and a place to drink. They wish to get the club back in eyes of the community, and bring back the sense of belonging, something that has disappeared over the years. Designs are being prepared for next seasons kit, the aim of which is that, with a nostalgic feel, it will be used to mark the 125-year anniversary of the football club. Plans are afoot to engage supporters more directly once the designs are whittled down the final few, with an appetite to hold an open day/evening for fans take a look at physical prototypes and feedback on preferences. There is a desire to follow this up with a fitting pre-season launch event to recognise the anniversary and changes in ownership. Rob and Mark have also drawn reference to the potential that the club holds in its Somerset location highlighting that the club is undermarketed in that respect and more needs to be done to encourage potential supporters from neighbouring towns and villages to sample a revitalised matchday experience.

The Supporters Alliance are encouraged by the messages that are being delivered both by Rob Couhig and Mark Palmer. Invariably there is an element of 'wait and see' as the proof will be in the delivery but under the Supporters Alliance umbrella, member groups are committed to supporting the new owners in embarking on this new journey in the Football League both for the remainder of this season and beyond. Everyone recognises that it is important that we start winning matches and we now almost have a new owner. So as chairman of the Supporters Alliance I ask the supporters to get behind him and the team. We all have wanted changes for some time, now the process has begun. The club motto is Achieve by Unity – let's ALL start doing it."


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20 February 2019 : Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at Stadium MK, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Under-18s: £7.00

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair users pay the relevant price as above with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Tickets are bar coded so they should be kept in good condition and ensure the stub is not detached. Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance of matchday as away sales are from a cash only ticket booth and queues are likely.

There is limited Parking available at the stadium for £7.00 - you can prebook this online by heading here. Alternatively there is car parking available at Castle House on Dawson Road (MK1 1QT) available for £5.00 - that is not run by the club, but they are willing to promote it. Blue Badge parking is available to pre book by emailing customer.services@mkdons.com

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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20 February 2019 : Rob Couhig's Strategic Vision and Thoughts On Darren Way And Matchday Experience
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town's prospective owner Rob Couhig conduct a series of interviews with the local media. In particular he spoke to BBC Points West and ITV West Country about his thoughts on his in-progress takeover. Both television broadcasts covered some similar topics, and so there is some crossover between the pair. However, the New Orleans attorney spoke about a number of topics, including his strategic vision, his views on current first team manager Darren Way and the matchday experience.

Rob Couhig's views on the following topics can be read in full below:

Why Did Rob Couhig Get Involved With Yeovil Town?

"We wanted a team where we could get in, that had a rich football tradition and had its own stadium, and had the potential with our sort of background and expertise to make it even better. Originally the deal was contingent on not being relegated, but we're making some changes so that we are coming in relatively soon, to try to help out." (BBC)

"I have an interest in English football as a good investment opportunity. I have experience in owning a minor league baseball team, that was one of the most successful in America in the minor leagues. I wanted to find an English Football League team that met a couple of criteria. One is it had to have its own stadium, secondly it had to have a historical fanbase that was capable of supporting the team. Thirdly, we were looking for a team that was in a little bit of trouble, so that we could bring in what we thought was our expertise, with fan management and fan experience to enhance it and make it a much better place." (ITV)

What Is His Strategy To Running A Football Club?

"My pockets will be less deep after buying the club than they are today! I'm not worried about that. I think it's a bad business model to say hey I've got all the oil money in a particular country, and I'm going to spend it buying players. What you want to do is like a house - you want to build a solid foundation. After that, you and I can argue about what kitchen appliances we can have." (BBC)

"Well we have two strategies. One on the pitch, I believe in written definitions as to the type of team that we're going to have, the type of players that we want, where our expectations are from the manager, and I'm going to work with Mark Palmer and one other person, to try to implement a defined strategic approach to it. Off the pitch, which is where I feel most comfortable, I'm going to make sure it's the most exciting experience that people go to in English football." (ITV)

What Are His Views On First Team Manager Darren Way?

"The first thing I did yesterday when I came over was to go and meet with him, and tell him that I have confidence that he can turn it around, and that he needs to do it. I think that he has studied a little bit about me and knows that I am going to be fully supportive of him but I have reasonable expectations, and that reasonable expectation is that we're going to start producing some wins." (BBC)

"I think Darren has come under a lot of criticism, as you would expect when you lose six games in a row. And the record wasn't particularly good prior to that, except for that tremendous start at the beginning of the season. He's had some issues of his making, and not of his making. Not of his making, is that you can't expect to lose your top four players, and be as good as you were before you lost those four. Darren is a very intense fellow; he is very knowledgeable about the game. I think that he is going to be able to work his way through this, and bring the team with him." (ITV)

What Are His Views On Matchday Experience?

"The place will be friendly; it will be clean. The food will be spectacular. The beer will be cold. The cider will be flowing. The sponsors will be thanked. The kids will get something when they walk in. Your wife will be delighted that you're going to the game, because you're going to go with her. It's going to be a bright friendly place, and there's going to be a lot of entertainment and everyone is going to have a good time at the game, regardless of the result." (BBC)

What Are His Ambitions For The Club?

"That's a reasonable question. I think that in the next five to seven years, there's certainly no reason why we shouldn't be be a high League One side in the table, knocking on the door for the Championship." (BBC)


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19 February 2019 : Morecambe Climb Away From Danger As Notts Leak Four Again
The quartet of League Two matches on Tuesday night gave Yeovil Town a bit of a mixed bag, in terms of their hopes of steering away from the League Two relegation zone. On a night when five of their relegation rivals were playing in four fixtures, the good news was that Notts County were thrashed at home, whilst Port Vale also lost on home turf, but victories for Morecambe and Cheltenham Town meant that they stretched the distance between themselves and the bottom few places.

The big six-pointer of the evening was at Whaddon Road, where Cheltenham United took on Cambridge United. Yeovil Town manager Darren Way chose to attend this match - no surprise given that Cambridge are Yeovil's Saturday opponents. He'll have seen a 2-0 win for the home side, whose opening goal was scored by former Glover Ben Tozer. The second goal was also significant - Conor Thomas got it from the penalty spot, with Cambridge defender Jake Carroll getting a red card for handball, meaning that he'll be on a one match suspension this weekend, whilst the visitors had to play the final 32 minutes with 10 men. Cheltenham are now eight points clear of Yeovil, whilst Cambridge are six points better off.

The concern of Tuesday's fixtures were that Notts County could send Yeovil Town into the relegation zone. That didn't happen, with them bombing out 1-4 at home to Newport County. You might have thought Newport would have been burned out from their FA Cup match against Manchester City on Saturday evening, but not a bit of it, as they scored three times in the opening half hour and bagged another just after half time, with Notts County only briefly in the match after Kane Hemmings managed a 10th minute equaliser. The Magpies continue to lie two points from safety, but in practice it's three, with their goal difference by far the worst in the division.

On Saturday, Aaron Collins came on as a substitute for Morecambe and won them the match in their six-pointer against Port Vale. On Tuesday night, Aaron Collins came on as a substitute for Morecambe and won them the match. This time around it was the team now apparently known as PaulScholesOldhamAthletic who were cut down by a 2-1 scoreline with the winning goal coming in the 90th minute. Two wins in a row now mean Morecambe are in 20th and five points clear of Yeovil.

Morecambe's revival can be compared with the slow slump of Port Vale. They appointed John Askey as their new boss just under two weeks ago, and he's so far presided over three straight defeats, with six-pointers against Cambridge United, and the aforementioned game against Morecambe being his first two matches. In his third game, a brace from League Two top goalscorer James Norwood saw his team lose to Tranmere Rovers. Although Vale did pull one goal back from former Glover Ben Whitfield, they lost the match by a 1-2 scoreline and have now picked up one point in five games. If Yeovil Town's troubles do continue, then the Valiants may be one team they will want to climb above - Vale currently have a three point buffer, with the two teams meeting at Vale Park on March 12th.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.


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19 February 2019 : Couhig Explains Background To Yeovil Town Bid
Yeovil Town's prospective owner Rob Couhig has explained the background to what led him to bid for the club. The New Orleans lawyer is close to completing a takeover from current owner Norman Hayward, having agreed commercial terms. in principle. The 69 year old has explained that he had already looked at a number of English League clubs a few years ago, but had backed out of offering anything for them at that time, and so had dropped his interest in the possibility.

However, he explained that he had maintained contact with football advisor Mark Palmer during that time, and Couhig was persuaded to return for a game in September 2018 at Huish Park, and he explained to BBC Somerset that his interest in buying Yeovil Town has been growing from there:

"We've been having a look at possibly investing in English football from about three years ago. To me you needed to have a combination of things. One a good history of football and secondly a great opportunity to build something, and thirdly that it had to have the right facilities. We came over two years ago, met Mark (Palmer) for the first time, and went to three or four other places, and backed out of the market, because we didn't see anything that was attractive. Missy (Couhig, his wife) came over in September and went to a game. I was assured that it was going to be warm, and you may not remember this but it was the coldest match I've ever been to. But we loved the town; I liked the facility and I liked John and Norman, and they were quality people. The team seemed to me to be one that had potential to do well. And mostly I liked the development potential of the whole thing."

Couhig gave his view on how far the takeover had gone, explaining that the lawyers still had to some due diligence to perform on the overall commercial agreement, but at that point the Football League would be asked to approve his takeover. He expected the whole course of events to take up to a month:

"We have completed our agreements, that is with the present owner of the shares and me. We're waiting for the lawyers to finish the due diligence, and for the League to approve it. That could be anywhere between two weeks and a month. But you always get nervous when you're almost there, until you're there. I am excited as I was on day one about the potential of this club. The community is so invested in the football team, it's obvious whether you take a cab, or you go out to dinner or whatever. And the team itself - I like the team."

It has also been explained why Mark Palmer has been a near-constant figure at the club, particularly on matchdays. Having been Norman Hayward's football advisor in the lead-up to this deal, he will now 'switch sides' and become Couhig's Chief Executive under the new set-up.


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19 February 2019 : Glovers Reach Commercial Agreement For Takeover To Begin
Yeovil Town have issued a short statement with respect to the ongoing takeover on the club. The statement confirms last night's news that New Orleans attorney Rob Couhig is the man who is planning to take over the ownership of the club, subject to approval by the Football League. At present John Fry and Norman Hayward remain in charge, pending the outcome of that process, but the statement suggests that the commercial agreement between Hayward and Couhig has been concluded. The club's statement reads as follows:

"Yeovil Town Football Club wishes to issue an update on the status of a proposed takeover, which was reported last month. An agreement has been reached between the club's current ownership and Feliciana EFL Limited, headed by Rob Couhig, subject to EFL approval. The YTFC Board is pleased to be advancing and both parties anticipate completion within the next month."

The Football League approval involves completion of their Fit and Proper Persons Test. This process will require each major shareholder, and each incoming Board member to go through this, as well as the overall offer. The test will check that person has not been found guilty of any financial fraud or any bankruptcies that would go through the thresholds set by the Football League. The league will also seek a business plan from the new owner, which checks the club's finances and contractual undertakings and ensures that the new owner(s) are capable of taking over the running of the club against its current financial commitments.

The process therefore still means that Hayward is in charge of the football club for the time being, but once that is complete, the current Shareholding in the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Ltd company can be transferred across to Mr Couhig's Feliciana EFL Limited company.


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18 February 2019 : Yeovil Town's Prospective Owner Holds Hotel Meeting With Directors Tonight
Yeovil Town's prospective new owner has been spotted in a meeting in a hotel in West Coker. The Lanes Hotel has been hosting a semi-private meeting in the hotel area this evening, featuring a couple of current Yeovil Town directors alongside two other familiar faces. The main man in question, who would appear to be the club's investor, is New Orleans-based 69 year old Rob Couhig, who is an American attorney and former political activist and former radio show host in the area.

Couhig has also invested in both baseball and football (soccer) in the city of New Orleans, having owed baseball side New Orleans Zephers as well as the now defunct football side New Orleans Storm. His main business venture has been to practice law. He runs Couhig Partners as a law firm, and also is the managing partner of Couhig Investments which invests in small businesses in Louisiana.

The Tulane University Law School graduate was seen in a meeting tonight that included current Directors Brian Willis, who is a long term associate of current owner Norman Hayward, and Alan Chamberlain, who is the newest Director on the club's Board. First team coach Neale Marmon is also present. In photos from the meeting, former Yeovil Town Press Officer Adrian Hopper and former YTISA and Away Travel Club leader Mark Kelly are also visible. There is no sign of Hayward or John Fry at present.

Couhig has so far spent most of his life based in New Orleans, having been born there in 1949. His firm practice Commercial and General Litigation, Construction and Surety Law, Insurance Law and Land Use and Real Estate. In 1997, he purchased a football team known as New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers, who had been founded in 1993, and renamed them as New Orleans Storm (a fairly common rebranding exercise in American soccer). However, in 1990 the team was suspended with them attempting to find a new stadium, and since that point their team has been dormant.

There is a new company registered on Companies House called Feliciana EFL Limited, which would appear to be the vehicle Couhig plans to use to house his planned Yeovil Town shareholdings. At present it is dormant, having only been formed in February 2019, with a single allocation of 100 shares in Couhig's name. Its registered address is in Torquay, at the home of Boyce Hatton Solicitors, and so they can probably be assumed to be his legal representatives. At this point in time, there is no shareholding in Yeovil Town within this company, but the 'EFL' name, and its sole director, would suggest that this company will eventually replace the Huish Park Stadium Partnership company currently used by Norman Hayward and John Fry to support their current ownership.


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18 February 2019 : Football League's Chief Executive To Resign In The Summer
The Football League have announced that Chief Executive Shaun Harvey is to step down at the end of the 2018-19 season. The former Leeds United Chief Executive was appointed in October 2013, and so will end his time in that position having spent five and a half years in the job. His departure won't see too many tears shed by fans groups, given that he has regularly courted controversy in the role - the decision to appoint him in the first place raised eyebrows given that he had been at Elland Road during a period that saw them fall into administration on two separate occasions, and enter into a war of words with the Football League itself over that situation.

Harvey's time in the job has also managed to upset participants in the game from club owners down to fans groups. The direction that the Football League took in allowing the EFL Trophy to co-opt EPPP Category One Academy sides into the competition under the guise of their Under-21 sides has been widely condemned, and produced some pitiful attendances, albeit with clubs gaining additional prize money from sponsors Checkatrade. The move was widely seen as a Trojan Horse towards allowing 'B Teams' into the Football League structure, and although the EFL rapidly rowed back from that when it became clear that it wasn't going to get support, it left the question of whether that was Harvey's long term strategy.

He has also drawn criticism from several club Chairmen and Chief Executives through the introduction of the League's iFollow platform, which enabled clubs the ability to charge for a subscription-based live video service, but with the revenue going to the club that hosted the subscription, rather than to the home club - effectively introducing a disincentive for clubs to promote tickets and travel for midweek away fixtures, when they stood to make more money by having fans stay at home and watch the game on their laptops. That criticism extended further when the EFL extended the list of fixtures available to Saturdays during 'international breaks', thus allowing live streamed broadcasts across the Saturday 3.00p.m. slot.

More recently, the EFL's latest Sky Sports broadcast deal upset a number of larger Championship clubs, with them claiming that they deserved a greater share of rights, as well as claiming that the League had undervalued it's own potential. There was the threat of a group breaking away from the EFL's 72 club membership, although ultimately that came to nothing.

Despite all that, the EFL's statement credits Harvey for "the evolution of the EFL, to the widely respected and admired competition it is today". Harvey says of his own departure:

"Having joined the EFL as CEO in October 2013, I am proud of what we have achieved since then, in what have not always been easy circumstances. Consistently during my time, I have always looked to push boundaries to make the maximum positive impact for Clubs, whether this be from a financial perspective or by generating value in another way. After discussions with the Board, we decided that the time is right for the EFL to now move in a different direction having concluded a number of commercial contracts that leave the League in a stable position. I am happy to remain as CEO until after the Play-Offs, in order to conclude a number of outstanding matters that we are currently dealing with, after which I will move on to pastures new and hopefully make a positive difference elsewhere."

One major topic of conversation that the League have been unable to agree on, has been the strengthening of its Fit and Proper Person Test, with recognition that for a number of failing clubs, the League's own regulations are not fit for purpose, in the scenario where a Director or Owner has already got their feet under the table, but ultimately begin to run that club in a manner that is clearly not in the interests of that member club, or the League's overall reputation. With the constitution of the EFL meaning that its rule changes have to be voted for by the 72 Chairmen/CEOs, this means that turkeys are asked if they want to vote for Christmas, rather than having an independent regulator that can haul them into line.


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18 February 2019 : Bevis Mugabi Talks About The Forest Green Rovers Defeat
Following Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Bevis gives his views on the overall team performance and the way forward for the players. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Bevis Mugabi Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Defeat Against Forest Green Rovers.


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18 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Forest Green Rovers Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday's League Two match against Forest Green Rovers kicked off at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the selection of Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter and the inclusion of Craig Alcock, the tactics of the opposition, and his views on the turnover at the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Forest Green Rovers.


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17 February 2019 : Supporters Groups To Pool Together Thoughts On Club's Position
The Glovers Trust have announced that the supporters groups associated with the Supporters Alliance Group are to hold an informal meeting on Wednesday at Huish Park. The meeting will not form part of the formal Alliance constitution, as club representatives will not be present - the meeting has been arranged by Rich Rendell (Alliance Group Chairman and GWSC Representative) in an effort to pool together the views of each group, in terms of the current state of the club, both on and off the field.

The meeting was arranged just prior to Saturday's trip to Forest Green Rovers, and so was due to go ahead regardless of the outcome of that fixture. The Trust have put out their own short thoughts on the situation as follows:

"At the Trust we're of course deeply frustrated and concerned about the club's league position. We know we’re not alone. As a result, representatives of the groups that form the Supporters Alliance have been invited by the Chairman Rich Rendell to meet for an informal discussion on Wednesday 20th February 2019 at Huish Park. We're all worried and alarmed regarding the dire consequences that relegation would cause our football club. Talking to each other and sharing ideas may not provide any meaningful solutions but we must try. We would ask members of all organisations over the next few days to give their group assistance by giving them your views, so all groups can best represent the feelings of their members. We will report back to you shortly after the meeting. We will be contacting Trust members in due course via e-mail to canvas their views ahead of the meeting."

If you are a member of any of the Supporters Groups associated with the Alliance (including the Glovers Trust, GWSC, Bridport Glovers, Cary Glovers and DSA) then feel free to contact your representatives in advance to give them your views. We're not sure if all groups will send a representative, so you may want to clarify that first, and pool thoughts. However, the GWSC, Glovers Trust and DSA will definitely be present.

Note carefully a number of points. Firstly, as football club representatives will not be attending, this will not form part of the formal Supporters Alliance Group structure. Secondly, we've seen a number of claims on social media regarding the format of this meeting, that appears to already assume an outcome. Note carefully that the above statement does NOT commit to a date on any future communication, nor does it claim that a specific path will be taken after that meeting. We'd expect direction, approach and associated timescales to be formed based on the feedback that each organisation gets from its members, and how much commonality each group has in its views. If you are a member of any of those organisations, put your constructive ideas and views forward as soon as possible.


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17 February 2019 : GWSC Travel For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Lincoln City. The match takes place at Sincil Bank on Friday 8th March 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Lincoln City : Friday 8th March 2019.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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17 February 2019 : Video : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town TEN Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended highlights of Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, these are now on line. As a special bonus, you get ten (yes, TEN) minutes of footage from the match, showing all three goals and rather a lot of other stuff. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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17 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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16 February 2019 : Forest Green 3 Yeovil 0 : Sixth Consecutive Defeat Sees Glovers Slide Continue
Yeovil Town went down to their sixth defeat in a row on Saturday afternoon, as play-off chasers Forest Green Rovers picked up a routine 3-0 win. The Glovers saw the damage done during a poor first half that saw Junior Mondal convert from inside the box midway through that half. They doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Christian Doidge headed home at the near post from a corner. Then some woeful defending on the hour mark, as Lee Collins took advantage of another corner that flew through the box without a challenge. Yeovil managed to hit the crossbar through Jake Gray, but their overall play was well behind their opponents on the day, leaving them just one point off relegation, and now in 22nd place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. One was expected with Craig Alcock returning from a one match suspension, meaning that Matt Worthington dropped to the bench. There was also a return for Nathan Baxter between the sticks, with Stuart Nelson sitting on the bench. As a result of the extra man, Daniel Ojo dropped out of the squad. In the opposition line-up, former striker Reuben Reid only got as far as the bench, and didn't get as far as the pitch, whilst Liam Shephard was out with a knock meaning that he missed the game entirely.

The early phase of the match was a largely attritional battle, with plenty of defensive blocks from both sides on a fairly poor quality pitch. It took until midway through the first half for a key opening to occur, and unfortunately it was a goal for Forest Green. Carl Winchester was the creator, although whether he was trying to score himself, or feed the ball through to Junior Mondal was another matter - his drive towards goal came off a Yeovil defender, and into the path of Mondal who was quick to react for a 1-0 home advantage.

Nathan Baxter was forced to tip a Christian Doidge header over the crossbar on the half hour mark, but that was to only delay Forest Green doubling their advantage by virtue of the corner kick that came. George Williams delivered it to the near post, and Doidge got in there first to flick the ball on and past Baxter for a 2-0 lead.

No surprise that after a slightly slow start, Forest Green were well on top, with George Williams breaking straight through the middle of the park, only to be denied by Nathan Baxter. Then Reece Brown shot wide for Rovers. It took 44 minutes for Yeovil to show any sort of true attacking intent, with Alex Dobre's attempt to aim for the far corner of the goal seeing Lewis Ward parry it out for a corner. Then in first half injury time, Jake Gray struck the crossbar, as he attempted to follow up on a loose ball, that came from Francois Zoko's initial parried shot. A small slither of hope for the Glovers, but they needed to start the game a little earlier than one minute before the half time whistle.

Yeovil changed their formation into a 4-2-3-1 line-up for the second half, with Alex Dobre moved into the middle behind the front line of Arquin, Zoko and centre man Fisher, which effectively matched up Forest Green's own shape. They opened with Jake Gray firing a wayward shot outside the stadium. But they still had to be wary as a long range George Williams free kick - in the style of Tom James - was saved by Nathan Baxter. Then Gavin Gunning flicked a ball on from a corner, using a back-heel that Baxter had to be alert to.

The Glovers had been doing slightly better since the restart, with another Alex Dobre shot on goal, coming off a defender for a corner. But at the other end of the park, some woeful defending let them down on the hour mark. George Williams produced a low bouncing corner that should have been easily cleared, but it ended up bouncing all the way through the box around the six yard line, before reaching Lee Collins, who probably couldn't believe his luck at the back post. He fired home for a 3-0 lead, and a goal that had been gifted to them.

The goal put the home side back in control, and there was a danger that it might turn into a thrashing, as Forest Green's danger man George Williams shot from the edge of the box, with Nathan Baxter once again denying him. The home team then had big shouts for a penalty turned down, as Carl Winchester struck a shot that appeared to be blocked by the arm of Carl Dickinson, but referee Ben Toner mercifully wasn't interested. It was also just as well the official was in a lenient mood when Adel Gafaiti managed to commit two robust challenges whilst he was sat on a yellow card, seemingly getting a 'last warning' for both incidents.

Yeovil tried to get back into the game, with Alex Dobre finding his attempt on goal blocked by Farrend Rawson around the six yard line, before Rhys Browne and Ryan Seager both put over the bar. But Forest Green were always the more dangerous, with another George Williams free kick from 35 yards out hitting the crossbar late on, with Nathan Baxter having to parry away another Williams effort. During injury time, Christian Doidge got the ball in the back of the net, but a linesman's offside flag stopped any further misery. But Yeovil's sixth consecutive defeat in League Two is ringing huge alarm bells - now just one point off the relegation zone, as Notts County and Morecame won and Macclesfield Town drew, they have dropped to 22nd place. All of their rivals are now picking up points, but they are flatlining on 30 points - that is not going to be anywhere near what they need if they're to avoid dropping below the dreaded dotted line.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Forest Green Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Junior Mondal (1-0, 22 mins), Christian Doidge (2-0, 32 mins), Lee Collins (3-0, 58 mins)

Forest Green Rovers:
34 Lewis Ward
7 Carl Winchester 6 Farrend Rawson 16 Gavin Gunning 23 Joseph Mills
5 Lee Collins 20 Paul Digby
11 George C Williams 10 Reece Brown 25 Junior Mondal
9 Christian Doidge

Substitutes:
4 Lloyd James 18 Ben Liddle (79 mins for Lee Collins) 19 Nathan McGinley (66 mins for Joseph Mills) 21 Shawn McCoulsky (71 mins for Junior Mondal) 22 Udoka Godwin-Malife 24 Lewis Thomas 26 Reuben Reid

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 7. Rhys Browne (57 mins for Yoann Arquin) 8. Matt Worthington 11. Courtney Duffus (75 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 27. Ryan Seager (66 mins for Francois Zoko)

Forest Green Rovers Bookings: Lee Collins (foul, 16 mins), Paul Digby (foul, 61 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Adel Gafaiti (foul, 51 mins), Carl Dickinson (foul, 76 mins), Craig Alcock (foul, 83 mins)

Forest Green Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and Lee Freeman (Sheffield). Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 2,449 (with 354 Yeovil Town supporters)


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16 February 2019 : Video : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers, these are now available online. There is one minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows all three goals, and perhaps sums up Yeovil's performance on the day, by then showing an Alex Fisher header that goes wide later in the game. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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16 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the team performance, and also answers some questions with respect to his own future, and the overall state of the club, referencing a role that his new coach Neale Marmon is playing with the prospective new investors. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Away Game.


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16 February 2019 : Darren Way Says Team Lacked Bite, Desire And Commitment In Forest Green Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way suggested that his team lacked defensive bite, commitment and desire after the club's 3-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn. The sixth defeat in a row left the Glovers just one point off the relegation zone and with Notts County and Morecambe winning their matches on the day, they are now just two points off the bottom position.

Forest Green got themselves into a commanding lead within half an hour of the match, as goals from Junior Mondal and Christian Doidge gave them a two goal advantage by the time they reached half time. Way told BBC Somerset that his team didn't have enough bite in defence and midfield to deal with the attacking runs that the home side managed and accused them of switching off for the second goal, saying the team couldn't handle the situation:

"We didn't have enough bite, certainly with the first goal and with the tackle. The ball has bounced in the middle of the park there. I was very disappointed that there wasn't enough commitment and enough desire to win the first ball. Then we didn't track the runner, and if you watch the goal it was too easy. At the moment, with the way the team is, we can't handle that. There's not enough resilience, there's not enough bite to come back after games, which has been proven. Then we find ourselves 2-0 down from a set play, after we've switched off. So there's certain scenarios and certain situations that are happening at the moment, that I feel we've got to take more responsibility. I just feel this team needs time. It's a low moment right now, but what we've got to look at, is we've got to make sure that we stay in the Football League."

Way was barracked on the final whistle by the travelling 354 supporters on the final whistle, with him having to exit towards the dressing room via that corner of the ground. He said that he was more concerned about the 'constant change' within his playing squad and whether some of the players could be blamed for not having played as a unit before. But he claimed he wasn't concerned by the dissent on the final whistle, which included a 'Way Out' banner displayed towards him:

"I'm not scared of that. The only thing that I'm scared of, is for the players to understand the responsibility and make sure that they're accountable for the performances, just for the football club. That's what scares me. I'm looking at players, playing in the positions that they're playing in, and that isn't a team that I've created and moulded - not at all. That's the problem that I feel that I've had at the football club. There's just constant change, and I'm looking at the players and I'm thinking should the players be at fault for not playing together? The majority of the squad have not had the games programme that we've had, and now they've got the whole commitment and the responsibility of the football club on their heads."


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16 February 2019 : Forest Green 3 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their sixth defeat in a row on Saturday afternoon, as play-off chasers Forest Green Rovers picked up a routine 3-0 win. The Glovers saw the damage done during a poor first half that saw Junior Mondal convert from inside the box midway through that half. They doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Christian Doidge headed home at the near post from a corner. Then some woeful defending on the hour mark, as Lee Collins took advantage of another corner that flew through the box without a challenge. Yeovil managed to hit the crossbar through Jake Gray, but their overall play was well behind their opponents on the day, leaving them just one point off relegation, and now in 22nd place in the table.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Forest Green Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Junior Mondal (1-0, 22 mins), Christian Doidge (2-0, 32 mins), Lee Collins (3-0, 58 mins)

Forest Green Rovers:
34 Lewis Ward
7 Carl Winchester 6 Farrend Rawson 16 Gavin Gunning 23 Joseph Mills
5 Lee Collins 20 Paul Digby
11 George C Williams 10 Reece Brown 25 Junior Mondal
9 Christian Doidge

Substitutes:
4 Lloyd James 18 Ben Liddle (79 mins for Lee Collins) 19 Nathan McGinley (66 mins for Joseph Mills) 21 Shawn McCoulsky (71 mins for Junior Mondal) 22 Udoka Godwin-Malife 24 Lewis Thomas 26 Reuben Reid

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 7. Rhys Browne (57 mins for Yoann Arquin) 8. Matt Worthington 11. Courtney Duffus (75 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 27. Ryan Seager (66 mins for Francois Zoko)

Forest Green Rovers Bookings: Lee Collins (foul, 16 mins), Paul Digby (foul, 61 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Adel Gafaiti (foul, 51 mins), Carl Dickinson (foul, 76 mins), Craig Alcock (foul, 83 mins)

Forest Green Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and Lee Freeman (Sheffield). Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 2,449 (with 354 Yeovil Town supporters)


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16 February 2019 : Team News For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday. Right-back Craig Alcock returns from his single match ban and moves back into the defence, with Matt Worthington dropping to the bench. In goal, Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter replaces Stuart Nelson.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes but resumed full training, and so should be back soon. Josh Grant (foot), Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder) and Gary Warren (hamstring) are the other injury absentees. Tom James serves the third of a four match ban. There's no place for Alefe Santos or Daniel Ojo in the squad.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 7. Rhys Browne 8. Matt Worthington 11. Courtney Duffus 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 27. Ryan Seager


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16 February 2019 : Officials For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 16th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the New Lawn. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Mr Toner is in his fourth season as a Football League referee and we've had him four times. The first was the September 2015 League Two match against Crawley Town that saw us gain a 1-0 victory at the Broadfield Stadium. He had an ultra-quiet game, with zero bookings, and we can't recall too much during the match that suggested he should have intervened at any key stage.

He was at Kenilworth Road for the February 2017 EFL Trophy tie against Luton Town, that saw Yeovil knocked out by a 5-2 scoreline. As well as the seven goals, there were also four bookings spread across the two sides, although nothing we can recall anyone getting fussy about, although with it being the Checkatrade competition, arguments about the result weren't too heavy at that point anyway.

During the 2017-18 season, he took charge of our October 2017 home match against Crewe Alexandra, which saw us come out on top with a 2-0 win. We can't recall anything dramatic about that match - his one contribution was a late booking for Francois Zoko, but the 89th minute handball was a bit of a silly one.

His November 2017 meeting was a rather more dramatic one. Before matchday, he was a late replacement for Graham Salisbury, who had picked up an injury, with Toner being moved from Bloomfield Road, Blackpool due to the EFL wanting to put a Select Group 2 official in charge of that match, where their home supporters were expected to hold a demonstration. Further up the M6, Mr Toner was overseeing a horrifically one-sided contest as Carlisle ran out as 4-0 winners. Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by what happened in the 72nd minute, whilst we were 2-0 down - Jordan Green's foul saw him lucky to escape a red card, but in the aftermath of that incident, Bevis Mugabi got involved in an off the ball incident that saw the Cumbrians awarded a penalty, due to it occurring inside the penalty box, allowing Carlisle to get their third. After the game, manager Darren Way gave some fairly muted non-specific grumbles about the incident, but in the end once the video made it obvious that Mugabi had thrown an arm, there was no appeal.

Mr Toner has had some variety to his career so far - in the summer of 2014, he was selected to represent the English FA in the Dallas Cup, which during that year included youth and development teams from Fulham, Fluminense of Brazil, River Plate of Argentina and the US Under 20 National team. He hails from Darwen and is a teacher at Fleetwood High School and so presumably won't be given too many Fleetwood Town matches to look after. So far this season, he's taken charge of 27 matches, handing out 76 yellow cards and five red cards.

Mr Toner will be assisted by Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire) and Danny Gratton (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be Craig Taylor (West Midlands).

Link: September 2015 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2017 : Luton Town 5 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Link: November 2017 : Carlisle United 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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15 February 2019 : Academy Duo Head Out On Loan
Yeovil Town Academy duo Lewis Dix and Neville Nzembela have gone out on loan. They have agreed terms with Southern League Division One South side Paulton Rovers, with the pair joining them until the end of the 2018-19 season. The move is described as a 'work experience' loan, which usually means that such players are provided to that club free of charge, on the condition that the parent club still has some influence over their availability.

Lewis is a defender/midfielder, whilst Neville is a striker. Both players are in the second year of their scholarship, which means the club will need to make a decision on their futures by the end of this season. Lewis arrived at the club 18 months ago from Waveney Football Club in Lowestoft, Suffolk whilst Neville was registered as a schoolboy with Stevenage before he got his Glovers scholarship.

Paulton currently lie in 16th place in the Division One South table, in what is a 20 team division. Although that means they're only four places off the relegation spots, they should be safe, given that basement pair Fleet Town and Barnstaple Town are currently eight points short of safety, and 14 points behind Paulton. They will quickly find out what sort of standard Barnstaple are though, as their first match involves a trip to North Devon in a Saturday 3.00p.m. kick-off. Good luck to both of them over the next couple of months.


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15 February 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Forest Green Rovers Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on his side's form, injuries and the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Forest Green Rovers.


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15 February 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make a relatively short trip to Forest Green Rovers. For those travelling to the New Lawn, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to give you this season's ticketing information, a club history, past meetings, directions, parking and a pub guide. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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15 February 2019 : Way Welcomes Back Omar Sowunmi To Full Training
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that defender Omar Sowunmi is now back in full training, nearly five months after the club lost him to an ankle injury. The 23 year old was the victim of a late tackle by Jordan Moore-Taylor during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes Dons and thus has missed much of the 2018-19 season as a result, however Way believes that he is on the edge of selection for Saturday's trip to Forest Green Rovers.

One certainty is that the Glovers will see Craig Alcock available for match in Gloucestershire, having serviced a one match suspension during Tuesday's 4-1 defeat, which saw Matt Worthington and then Rhys Browne deployed as full-backs during the match. Way also implies that Chelsea loanee Josh Grant is close to a return following a foot injury he sustained last month. However, he was pleased that Sowunmi was close to a return:

"Omar Sowunmi is back now, which is great - on the training ground. So we've just got to decide whether we put him in the squad on Saturday. We've got Craig Alcock back at right-back, so at least we've got a right-back. Josh Grant will be back from Chelsea, because I think he was a key addition that we had. Gary Warren, we're waiting on a scan result today. Sessi has been to see the specialist on his shoulder. There's one or two others that have looked very sharp in training, with the likes of Courtney Duffus who are getting up to speed, and we've got Tristan Abrahams who is getting up to speed. That takes time."

Way claimed that the September 25th match against Milton Keynes Dons represented a turning point in the club's season, with the Glovers also losing Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi to a knee ligament injury during the same game. Way explained that the injuries had forced him to change his squad as a result, with the club's form having nosedived from the point of the September 2018 Newport County away fixture onwards:

"I've got to be honest, that's how our fortunes changed this season, with that MK Dons game. I don't think we've recovered from that game, to miss those two players. As much as on the outside it looks easy to gain an advantage, regroup and regel a squad, it's not that simple and it takes time, and it takes time on the training ground. When you don't get to win enough matches to build confidence, and there's one or two selection problems that we've had to deal with, that's probably been a big miss with Omar, and it will be nice to have him back, because he's great around the dressing room. He's someone that's been here a long time. He's the heart and soul, and I think the future of the football club. So he's got a massive part to play."

The club go into the Forest Green Rovers match on a run of five defeats in a row. Way explained that his team were working to internal targets, with the oft-stated target of survival in the Football League the overall objective. But he claimed that the problem was that his squad were not strong enough to cope with players missing like Gary Warren, Sessi D'Almeida and Tom James:

"We've put the games in blocks - blocks of four. So we've got targets that we need to hit. But as I've said nothing has come away from the objective of staying in the Football League. One or two players coming back is probably the best solution in all of this, because of some key players. This squad that we've built at Yeovil is not capable of missing these top players - Gary Warren, we've had Sessi D'Almeida out, we've had Tom James out and we've had Craig Alcock out. We've had some big big players that have been missing. It's important that the players that have replaced those positions - we made eight new signings in the window - every minute of every day they start to gel and become closer together. One result changes that."


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14 February 2019 : Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for the League Two match between Port Vale and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Vale Park. Tickets bought in advance are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 62 and Over, Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £8.00; Under-12s: FREE.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant age category as above, but can take an assistant free of charge. Note that the away section does not have any designated disabled facilities. They may sit in the away stand but if supporters require access to disabled facilities they should call 01782 655 821 and book tickets in the dedicated stand for disabled supporters. This is a mixed supporter area and at the opposite end of the ground to the away area. Wheelchair users should also call 01782 655 821 to book tickets. Disabled parking bays are close to this area, and are available to book on the same number for £10.00.

Car parking by the away section is available to book on the day as follows: Car £5.00; Minibus £16.00; Coach £25.00.

Tickets available on the day from the away sales kiosk by away turnstiles. This is CASH ONLY and prices are £2.00 extra on the day.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand which holds up to 4,500 spectators.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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14 February 2019 : Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for the League Two match between Lincoln City and Yeovil Town are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Friday 8th March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Sincil Bank. Tickets are for unreserved seating at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Over-60s, Aged 18-21 and Disabled: £17.00; Under-18s: £9.00.

There are also Family Tickets available for this game at the following rates:

1 x Adult and 1 x Under-18: £26.00.
1 x Over-60s & 1 x Under-18: £21.00.

Tickets will be available from the Ticket Office and online. Note for the Family Ticket offer, this will only be available from the ticket office in person or by calling 01935 847888.

The above Disabled concession is available to supporters on the Higher rate of DLA or Enhanced PIP with the supporter able to book an assistant free of charge, if required.

Advance Tickets will be on sale until 4.00p.m. on Thursday 8th March.

For our 2018-19 visit, away fans will be housed in the Lincoln Uni Stand. This is a tiny add-on (capacity around 300) to the Lincolnshire Echo Stand in 1994. Because the stand is not elevated, and because personnel from both dugouts and stewards tend to stand to your right, the view of the pitch is pretty terrible, and our experience was that it was not always possible to see all areas of the pitch - the far right corner flag area is entirely blocked from view because of the dugouts. As a result, these are some of the worst facilities we've seen in League Two for away supporters.

Lincoln will also optionally provide Blocks 1 and 2 in the Bridge McFarland Stand which is adjacent to that corner of the ground, but their policy is to only release tickets for that area once clubs are close to a sell-out for the initial allocation. At present these are NOT on sale, and we're not expecting advance sales to reach that stage given it's a night game.

Entry is via Turnstiles 24 and 25, or thereabouts, depending on what your ticket says.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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14 February 2019 : Change In Huish Park Ticket Office Purchasing Arrangements
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office is undergoing a small change in sales policy from next week. Starting from Monday 18th February, all non-matchday sales undertaken in person will be from the Huish Park Club Shop, rather than from the external ticket office windows. When you reach the ground, you'll find the Ticket Office windows will be closed, but if you head around the corner, and enter the Club Shop main door, they'll be able to sell you match tickets.

Note that this means there will be also a change in opening hours, as the Club Shop is open between 10.00a.m. and 4.00p.m. For home matchdays (including midweek and weekends) the Ticket Office will be fully open from 9.00a.m. until kick-off.

The change will not affect online sales of tickets, as these will be available on a 24x7 basis, although if you're later doing a physical pick-up of tickets outside matchdays you'll need to go via the Club Shop. Telephone orders are also unaffected, except for the above opening hours.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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14 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Oldham Athletic Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Oldham Athletic kicked off at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, Darren explains the absence of Gary Warren, the tactical switch of Matt Worthington, and other tactical switches. He also talks about Oldham's appointment of Paul Scholes. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Oldham Athletic.


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13 February 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Point Of No Return
Yeovil Town's defeat on Tuesday night at Boundary Park was their fifth in a row, as part of a wider run of form that has seen them slip to 21st place in the League Two table. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the problems that are gradually materialising, as we move into the crunch part of the 2018-19 season, and the very serious decision-making that the Board of Directors should be making right now, based on the current pattern of results both at Huish Park and around League Two. Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Point Of No Return.


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13 February 2019 : Video : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who are insane enough to want to relive Tuesday night's football against Oldham Athletic, YouTube-based match highlights are now online. As well as showing the five goals on the night that were scored, including Bevis Mugabi's second half effort, they also show the early opportunity for Jake Gray that saw him hit the post. Watch via the clip below.




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13 February 2019 : GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Forest Green Rovers. The match takes place at the New Lawn on Saturday 16th February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Forest Green Rovers : Saturday 16th February 2019.
Huish Park: 10.30a.m.
Adult Members: £17.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £19.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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13 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday's 4-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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13 February 2019 : Oldham 4 Yeovil Town 1 : Glovers Collapse In Fifth Straight Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their heaviest away defeat of the 2018-19 season on Tuesday night, as Oldham Athletic's new manager Paul Scholes got off to a dream start. The 4-1 win was kickstarted during first half injury time as Jose Baxter was fed by wide ball into the box. Six minutes into the half, Callum Lang headed home to double their lead, but Yeovil threatened a quick comeback as Bevis Mugabi converted from a Carl Dickinson free kick. Oldham then grabbed late goals from Mohammed Maouche and Christopher Missilou to put a bit of gloss on their scoreline as Yeovil remain just two points off the drop, having now played a game more than many of their rivals.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up from the team that took to the field against Grimsby Town. At right-back Craig Alcock was suspended and so Matt Worthington was forced to drop into the back four. Bevis Mugabi, who might have been a candidate for the right-back position, had to come in as centre-back as Gary Warren had dropped out with a hamstring problem. In midfield, Yoann Arquin replaced Rhys Browne, whilst Alex Pattison filled the gap left by Worthington's positional change. Meanwhile up front Francois Zoko was preferred to Tristan Abrahams.

The opening five minutes largely involved the two club physios being on the pitch. Within seconds of kick-off, Thomas Hamer and Alex Fisher collided in an aerial challenge. Despite attempting to continue for around ten minutes, Hamer went down with concussion and had to be substituted. In between that Peter Clarke glanced a header from a corner wide, whilst Johan Branger shot from 25 yards out only to find his direction lacking significantly.

Yeovil's big chance of the half came quarter of an hour into a match that had struggled to get going, mainly due to the lengthy stoppage. Alex Fisher won the ball inside the Oldham box, and Jake Gray fired off a shot from the knockdown. Unfortunately, it came off the post, and back out, leaving the game goalless. Still, Yeovil enjoyed their best spell of the game as Francois Zoko managed a pair of efforts on goal, after he was set up by Alex Dobre and then Alex Pattison - neither particularly troubled Latics keeper Daniel Iversen, but at least worried a home crowd that were getting increasingly irate by one or two of the more robust tackles Yeovil were puttting in - Jake Gray and Alex Pattison picked up bookings for a couple of the more extreme ones.

As the half closed though, Oldham finally began to get into their stride. Gevaro Nepomuceno fired over the bar after he received the ball from a corner kick, and that was followed by a Callum Lang effort that went wide. But five minutes into the six signalled minutes of injury time, the home side got the break they needed. Johan Branger was part of a move down the left flank, as Yeovil lost their markers, and he executed a short pass into the path of Jose Baxter, who curled a shot from 12 yards into the bottom right hand corner for a 1-0 half time lead.

Oldham needed just six second half minutes to double their lead. Once again, it was Yeovil's right side that was the problem, as Gevaro Nepomuceno slipped past Matt Worthington before delivering a near post cross that saw Callum Lang beat Stuart Nelson for the ball, and head home into an empty net for a 2-0 scoreline.

To Yeovil's credit, they did manage to pull a goal back three minutes later. A deep free kick into the penalty box from Carl Dickinson, saw Bevis Mugabi manage a poacher's finish from six yards out, sliding in to nudge the ball home from six yards out, to pull the game back to 2-1, and to perhaps cause the home side a little bit of nerves.

Jose Baxter got in behind the Yeovil defence midway through the second half, only to find his effort on goal saved by Stuart Nelson, who got down well to stop the shot. At the other end Matt Worthington put over the bar, after Oldham only half-cleared their defensive lines. Then came one of the more unusual tactical moments of the 2018-19 season. Alex Pattison was taken off, perhaps due to his lack of match fitness, with Rhys Browne replacing him. Rather than slot into a midfield position, Browne was moved to a right-back slot, with Worthington filling Pattison's role.

The tactical switch didn't have a lot to do with what unfolded in the final few minutes, given that Oldham undid Yeovil straight down the middle twice. The first came from a long goal kick where Yeovil didn't deal with a bouncing ball. Mohammed Maouche managed to muscle his way through, before firing home into the bottom left hand corner for a 3-1 lead.

A minute later, and it was 4-1. Bevis Mugabi couldn't clear his lines inside his own half, and that led to a game of pinball on the edge of the box. Oldham had two bites of the cherry, where shots were blocked by defenders on the edge of the box, before it fell to Christopher Missilou on the edge of the box, and his 20 yard shot flew into the back of the net to give Oldham Athletic a comfortable victory. On a night where only four matches took place, Yeovil remain in 21st place, but with five consecutive defeats now on the results list, and only two points off the drop, you wonder where all of this leads.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jose Baxter (1-0, 45 mins), Callum Lang (2-0, 51 mins), Bevis Mugabi (2-1, 54 mins), Mohammed Maouche (3-1, 88 mins), Christopher Missilou (4-1, 89 mins)

Oldham Athletic:
1 Daniel Iversen
34 Thomas Hamer 4 George Edmundson 26 Peter Clarke 27 Gevaro Nepomuceno
17 Christopher Missilou 28 Mohammed Maouche 8 Jose Baxter
22 Johan Branger 9 Zachary Dearnley 19 Callum Lang

Substitutes:
10 Chris O'Grady (76 mins for Zachary Dearnley) 11 Urko Vera 13 Zeus de la Paz 20 Jamie Stott 23 Rob Hunt (11 mins for Thomas Hamer) 42 Mohamad Sylla (69 mins for Jose Baxter) 46 Harry Robinson

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
8. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 7. Rhys Browne (66 mins for Alex Pattison) 11. Courtney Duffus (74 mins for Alex Dobre) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams (85 mins for Yoann Arquin) 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager

Oldham Athletic Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jake Gray (foul, 15 mins), Alex Pattison (foul, 32 mins), Alex Dobre (foul, 60 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 88 mins)

Oldham Athletic Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and Lee Freeman (Sheffield). Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 3,868 (with 56 Yeovil Town supporters)


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13 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 4-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, Darren's verdict on the match can be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Away Game.


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13 February 2019 : Video : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 4-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic, these are now available online. There is two minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows all five goals, including the second half effort from Bevis Mugabi. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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12 February 2019 : Darren Way Admits Defeats Are Taking Huge Dents To Player Confidence
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that every defeat is making a huge dent in his players' confidence at the moment, as he tries to arrest the slide the club is under. The 4-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night was the club's fifth loss in a row, but their 12th defeat in the last 17 League Two matches, in a run that stretches back to the start of November.

Whilst there was no direct damage against the League Table tonight, with only a quartet of matches being played, mostly from a set of clubs in the upper half of the table, the damage was more psychological, with it being the first time the club have conceded four on the road this season. Way told BB Somerset after the match that his players needed to go back to basics with their defending, but said that he would also have a lot of work to do to keep the players in a positive frame of mind:

"The players have taken responsibility in the dressing room. You can imagine when they concede four that the players are down right now. It's really important that we make sure that we stick together, with the group. I feel that every loss at the moment is taking a huge dent towards the players, so it's important that I make sure that they stay positive. I know it's difficult. I don't want players to get emotionally aimed at each other in a personal way, because I don't think we're at that stage. It's about players making one or two mistakes, but making sure that they correct that. We have to keep it simple, and we have to go back to basics. There's one or two clearances there, and we're not blocking crosses in the wide area, and we're getting punished for it. If you look at the first half, we hit the post, and we find ourselves 2-0 down. That's frustrating."

With Tom James and Craig Alcock suspended, and Josh Grant out with a foot injury, the Glovers tried to operate with Matt Worthington as a right-back on the night - a position he occupied successfully during his loan spell last season. However, in the second period, travelling fans got the unusual sight of Rhys Browne coming on as a substitute and playing in the right-back position, rather than his more usual midfield berth. Way said that was a tough situation:

"That's what's happening at the moment. If I could look at the team and some of the tactical changes that we've had to make. We had Rhys Browne playing at right-back, we had Alex Pattison having to come off. So it's a real tough time at the moment. I appreciate the supporters travelling all that way. It's an amazing support. They were getting behind the players. Then unfortunately we almost had five or ten minutes of chaos there, where they just hit a direct ball, we didn't clear our lines, and we found ourselves 4-1 down, when we're trying to get the game back. But it's important that the players stay together."


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12 February 2019 : Oldham 4 Yeovil Town 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their heaviest away defeat of the 2018-19 season on Tuesday night, as Oldham Athletic's new manager Paul Scholes got off to a dream start. The 4-1 win was kickstarted during first half injury time as Jose Baxter was fed by wide ball into the box. Six minutes into the half, Callum Lang headed home to double their lead, but Yeovil threatened a quick comeback as Bevis Mugabi converted from a Carl Dickinson free kick. Oldham then grabbed late goals from Mohammed Maouche and Christopher Missilou to put a bit of gloss on their scoreline as Yeovil remain just two points off the drop, having now played a game more than many of their rivals.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jose Baxter (1-0, 45 mins), Callum Lang (2-0, 51 mins), Bevis Mugabi (2-1, 54 mins), Mohammed Maouche (3-1, 88 mins), Christopher Missilou (4-1, 89 mins)

Oldham Athletic:
1 Daniel Iversen
34 Thomas Hamer 4 George Edmundson 26 Peter Clarke 27 Gevaro Nepomuceno
17 Christopher Missilou 28 Mohammed Maouche 8 Jose Baxter
22 Johan Branger 9 Zachary Dearnley 19 Callum Lang

Substitutes:
10 Chris O'Grady (76 mins for Zachary Dearnley) 11 Urko Vera 13 Zeus de la Paz 20 Jamie Stott 23 Rob Hunt (11 mins for Thomas Hamer) 42 Mohamad Sylla (69 mins for Jose Baxter) 46 Harry Robinson

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
8. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 7. Rhys Browne (66 mins for Alex Pattison) 11. Courtney Duffus (74 mins for Alex Dobre) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams (85 mins for Yoann Arquin) 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager

Oldham Athletic Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jake Gray (foul, 15 mins), Alex Pattison (foul, 32 mins), Alex Dobre (foul, 60 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 88 mins)

Oldham Athletic Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and Lee Freeman (Sheffield). Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 3,868 (with 56 Yeovil Town supporters)


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12 February 2019 : Team News For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The match sees the Glovers name four changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Grimsby Town on Saturday. Right-back Craig Alcock is suspended, and a calculated guess is that Matt Worthington will replace him in a right-back slot. That's because Captain Gary Warren drops out of the side entirely, due to a hamstring injury and his position is taken by Bevis Mugabi.

Further up field and Rhys Browne is replaced by Yoann Arquin, whilst Francois Zoko is preferred to Tristan Abrahams. Midfielder Alex Pattison fills the gap left by Worthington. That could produce a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 depending on where Arquin plays.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes but last month returned to light training. Josh Grant (foot), Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder) and Gary Warren (hamstring) are the other injury absentees. Tom James serves the second of a four match ban. Craig Alcock serves a single match ban. There's no place for Alefe Santos in the squad.

The team this evening lines up as follows with a question mark on the formation:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
8. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 7. Rhys Browne 11. Courtney Duffus 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager

Oldham Athletic:
1 Daniel Iversen
34 Thomas Haymer 4 George Edmundson 26 Peter Clarke 27 Gevaro Nepomuceno
22 Johan Branger 17 Christopher Missilou 28 Mohammed Maouche 8 Jose Baxter
9 Zachary Dearnley 19 Callum Lang

Substitutes:
10 Chris O'Grady 11 Urko Vera 13 Zeus de la Paz 20 Jamie Stott 23 Rob Hunt 42 Mohamad Sylla 46 Harry Robinson


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12 February 2019 : Tonight's Hosts Report Way To Serve Touchline Ban
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way would appear to be set to spend tonight's League Two game against Oldham Athletic sat in the stands. Rather unusually the home side have announced his suspension, which will have come as a result of his red card received against Cheltenham Town last Tuesday night at Whaddon Road.

As yet, neither the Football Association (who have a habit of not documenting lower league disciplinary issues until long after the event) nor Yeovil Town have confirmed any charge for Way, or disciplinary outcome. However, in the Latics match preview for tonight's match, they state:

"Yeovil manager Darren Way will also be in stands as he serves a touchline ban."

The touchline ban does not cover pre-match or post-match interviews, and will allow access to the dressing room area. Oldham do not state the length of ban. During the Cheltenham Town match, first team coach Paul Terry acted as the 'front man' in the dugout.

Way was sent off following his reaction to the red card issued to Tom James during the 21st minute of the 1-0 defeat at Whaddon Road. James will serve the second game of four during tonight's game, whilst Craig Alcock will also sit out tonight's match, due to his red card received during Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town.


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12 February 2019 : Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire).

He was promoted to the National League at the start of the 2016-17 season, and spent two years at that level before getting a quick promotion to the Football League in the summer of 2018. He is a PE Teacher from Sheffield. Obviously with him being brand new to refereeing at this level, we've only had him twice for Yeovil Town matches as a man in the middle. So far he's taken charge of 34 matches since his promotion to this level, with a very reasonable looking 74 yellow cards and three red cards.

The first was the August 2018 game against Grimsby Town which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Glovers. We can't recall any significant controversy about the game, with just one booking for each side during the match. He then took charge of the October 2018 match against Carlisle United ar Brunton Park. That game also ended in a 1-0 victory, with zero bookings, and not a lot of involvement from him. Any chances of a hat-trick of 1-0 wins, and a hat-trick of low key refereeing performances?

Mr Bramall will be assisted by Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and Lee Freeman (Sheffield). The Fourth Official will be Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Link: August 2018 : Grimsby Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2018 : Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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12 February 2019 : Alex Fisher Talks About The Grimsby Town Game
Following Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, the Glovers striker gives his views on the game, his goal and the squad's overall attitude to the challenge that they face in the fifteen upcoming matches. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Alex Fisher Speaks To The BBC After The 1-3 Defeat Against Grimsby Town.


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11 February 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town make the lengthy journey to Boundary Park, where they will play Oldham Athletic. This is our first visit there since the 2014-15 season, and so the Ciderspace guide has had some sizeable updates to cover changes to the ground and surrounding area. Find ticketing information, parking, club statistics and a pub guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Scholes Appointment Confirmed By Latics.

Boundary Park
Boundary Park, home of Oldham Athletic.
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11 February 2019 : Scholes Appointment Confirmed By Latics
League Two side Oldham Athletic have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes. The 44 year old has been given the reins as a replacement to Frankie Bunn who was sacked after their Boxing Day 6-0 defeat against Carlisle United. Scholes has been given a contract at Boundary Park until the summer of 2020, and will be in the dugout for Tuesday night's match against Yeovil Town.

Although Scholes has got some backroom coaching experience, he has spent most of his time following retirement operating as a pundit for ITV and BT Sport. This will be his first front line appointment, taking charge of the club he supported as a boy. Former Oldham coach Mick Priest will be returning to Boundary Park as his assistant.

Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam has said of the appointment:

"Paul has won everything there is to win in football. He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see. It's no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I'm very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic. Paul will have my backing 100% and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club."

At present there's no on-the-record mention of any restrictions Scholes may face in his dealings with National League side Salford City. As part of a consortium of former Manchester United players, he owns a 10 percent stake in the fifth tier club. Media reports suggested that there would be restrictions place on him performing any loan or transfer deals between the two clubs, but the small print in that area has yet to be revealed.

Expect a mini media circus to break out at Boundary Park before and after Tuesday night's match.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

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11 February 2019 : FA Confirm Craig Alcock Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension of Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock, following Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town. Alcock was given his marching orders by referee Charles Breakspear for two bookable offences, leaving the Glovers down to ten men for the second game running, for the final 26 minutes of the match. As a result, Craig will serve a one match suspension on Tuesday night when the club travel to play Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The suspension creates a bit of a headache, given that fellow right-back Tom James is serving a four match suspension, and will sit out his second game tomorrow night. In addition, Chelsea loanee Joshua Grant is currently out with a foot injury, with no immediate word on when he is likely to return. As such, Bevis Mugabi will almost certainly move into the right-back slot for tomorrow's game, with Alcock available again for Saturday's trip to Forest Green Rovers.

Alcock became Yeovil Town's fifth red card of the season, with Tom James having been dismissed twice, along with Jordan Green and manager Darren Way. In the latter case, we're still waiting for the FA to determine any sanction.

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11 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Grimsby Town Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, Darren gives his views on the inclusion of Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams, his aim for consistency, and the challenge of the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Grimsby Town.


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10 February 2019 : Oldham Athletic Planning To Announce Scholes As New Manager Prior To Yeovil Visit
Tuesday night's League Two opponents Oldham Athletic will almost certainly have a new man in charge by the time the two clubs meet at Boundary Park. According to BBC Sport, the Latics plan to hold a press conference at 2.00p.m. on Monday where they will unveil former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes as their successor to Frankie Bunn, who was sacked as manager on December 27th.

The unveiling of Scholes as their new manager has been a lengthy and complicated one. Since his retirement as a player, Scholes has been under contract with BT Sport as a pundit, meaning that he wouldn't be available to them at that point onwards. However, the more fundamental question was whether Scholes would be allowed to act as Oldham manager, given he is part of a consortium of former Manchester United players who own a 10 percent stake in National League side Salford City, who could be playing in League Two next season.

On Friday, the Football League were reported to have cleared Scholes' appointment, with the belief that there may be some conditions attached to that, involving restrictions on whether Oldham and Salford can transfer or loan players between them at any time. However, they did not expect the 44 year old to sell his shareholding at any time, in order to take up the job.

As a result, Scholes is expected to be in the dugout for Tuesday night's match at Boundary Park, which will inevitably bring a bit of a circus to the fixture, given the national press and cameras will probably be queuing up for the game. The other change that will happen, is that Caretaker Manager Pete Wild will move back to his rather more low key positing of managing Oldham's Under-16s side.

Wild has been a rather large success at Boundary Park. As an Oldham Athletic supporter, he's guided them to four wins, one draw and three defeats since taking over on December 27th, including the shock FA Cup Third Round victory over Fulham that caused Yeovil Town's original Saturday trip to the North-West to be postponed.

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10 February 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended highlights of Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town, these are now online. There's two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage from the 1-3 home defeat that includes all four goals, with Alex Fisher getting his right at the end of the game. The footage also shows both tackles that saw Craig Alcock dismissed from the field of play, along with numerous other Grimsby efforts on goal. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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9 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, Darren gives his views on the team performance, and the crowd's reaction to the defeat. Read that in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Home Game.


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9 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town.


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9 February 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Grimsby Town, these are now available online. There is one-and-a-half minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the Wes Thomas goal, the Adel Gafaiti own goal and the late Kristian Dennis lob. They also show you why Craig Alcock was sent off before the final bit of action shows Alex Fisher's consolation goal. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Match Highlights.


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9 February 2019 : Yeovil 1 Grimsby 3 : Alcock Sees Red As Glovers Suffer Fourth Straight Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon, as mid-table Grimsby Town ran away with a comfortable 3-1 victory. The visitors took command just nine minutes into the match when Wes Thomas headed home, and extended their advantage when Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net. Yeovil's miserable afternoon wasn't helped by the second half dismissal of Craig Alcock for two bookings, and Grimsby substitute Kristian Dennis put the game to bed when he lobbed Stuart Nelson in the closing minutes. That made Alex Fisher's headed goal a mere consolation in second half injury time, leaving Yeovil just two points off the relegation zone after Macclesfield gained a late point through former loanee Reece Cole.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, which included a change of shape. Tom James commenced his four match suspension, and he was replaced by Norwich City striker Tristan Abrahams. That led to a change of shape, with Abrahams taking a front line position, whilst Alex Dobre and Rhys Browne moved back to become wingers in a 4-4-2 line-up. On the bench, Francois Zoko was preferred to Ryan Seager, with Alex Pattison also returning for the first time since November.

Grimsby started in confident mood, controlling the early stages, and they needed just nine minutes to get themselves into the lead with their first major chance. Jake Hessenthaler got room down the right, and his cross into the box was headed home by Wes Thomas for an early 0-1 lead, and to put Yeovil firmly on the back foot.

In a first half that lacked chances, Grimsby always looked dangerous on the break, with a Martyn Woolford run seeing him get in behind, but finding his final shot going well wide. The best Yeovil had done up until that point was an Alex Dobre cross into the box that a Grimsby defender turned out for a corner, but maybe a little bit closer to his own goal net than he had intended. Jake Gray's 35th minute shot wide, after Alex Fisher fed him inside the box was the best they'd made 35 minutes into the match.

As such it wasn't a huge surprise when Grimsby doubled their lead, shortly after that Gray attempt. Stemming from a Grimsby throw-in, they racked up a number of uncontested passes before Elliot Embleton fired off a ball into the box. Glovers defender Adel Gafaiti tried to get a boot on it, and succeeded only in turning it past Stuart Nelson for an own goal and a 0-2 scoreline.

Darren Way responded, as he took off Matt Worthington, who marched straight down the tunnel, kicking out at the surrounds in frustration. In his place came Alex Pattison, who hadn't been on the pitch for over two months due to a back injury. The half did finish with Alex Fisher forcing James McKeown into a save with his legs from a Tristan Abrahams cross just before injury time, in what was Yeovil's first on target shot. But there was again a reminder of Grimsby's prowess on the break as Wes Thomas intercepted a Carl Dickinson clearance just inside the halfway line, running through before mercifully firing over the crossbar. Boos at half time from home fans showed patience was wearing thin.

Yeovil's best spell of the game came during the early period of the second half, as Rhys Browne forced James McKeown to parry the ball for a corner, with Tristan Abrahams once again the creator. At the other end, there was almost a second horror moment for Adel Gafaiti, as he deflected a Sebastian Ring shot just over his crossbar for a corner, with Grimsby still looking good once they picked the ball up in open spaces.

Francois Zoko replaced Abrahams ten minutes into the half in an attempt to shake things up, as Grimsby keeper James McKeown once again kept his side's two goal cushion, with another parry for a corner from an Alex Dobre near post shot. But 64 minutes into the game, Yeovil's brief flurry of pressure was to evaporate with the dismissal of Craig Alcock. Already on an early booking, he ran into former Glovers loanee Jordan Cook, and referee Charles Breakspear brought out a second yellow, putting Yeovil down to ten men for the second game running.

Grimsby took off their front pairing with the game more or less won, whilst Yeovil tried to plug away as Courtney Duffus came on as a final substitute. But with the extra man, Grimsby's ability to find space behind the Yeovil back three began to increase, with Luke Hendrie forcing Stuart Nelson into a save after he was put through on the break, quickly followed by Elliot Embleton's drive past the left hand post.

With two minutes remaining, substitute Kristian Dennis wrapped the game up. He was put clean through down the middle, and ran onto the ball before lobbing Stuart Nelson for a 0-3 advantage, and a goal that finally turned occasional isolated dissent from the home crowd into full-blown protest, with the home end chanting 'We want Darren out' in response.

There was a brief lull in that dissent on 90 minutes, when Alex Fisher headed home from an Alex Pattison free kick, to give Yeovil their first goal in four games - but by this point it was a meaningless consolation at 1-3 and just three minutes of injury time to play. The end result was a deserved defeat, and more boos and chants for the manager to resign on the final whistle. With only two points between them and the drop, following Macclesfield Town's 97th minute equalising goal against Crewe Alexandra, and Notts County's shock win at Forest Green Rovers, the current situation gets tighter and tighter, with Yeovil showing little sign of getting out of their rut.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Grimsby Town 3.

Scorers: Wes Thomas (0-1, 9 mins), Adel Gafaiti (0-2, 35 mins, own goal), Kristian Dennis (0-3, 88 mins), Alex Fisher (1-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus (77 mins for Alex Dobre) 13. Francois Zoko (55 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (39 mins for Matt Worthington) 18. Yoann Arquin

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 5 Ludvig Ohman 6 Danny Collins
27 Luke Hendrie 22 Elliot Embleton 16 Martyn Woolford 7 Jake Hessenthaler 3 Sebastian Ring
11 Jordan Cook 39 Wes Thomas

Substitutes:
4 John Welsh 8 Kristian Dennis (75 mins for Jordan Cook) 15 Harry Clifton (75 mins for Wes Thomas) 18 Charles Vernam 23 Sam Russell 24 Harry Davis (85 mins for Sebastian Ring) 25 Alex Whitmore

Yeovil Bookings: Craig Alcock (foul, 5 mins). Red Card: Craig Alcock (second bookable offence, 64 mins)

Grimsby Town Bookings: Jake Hessenthaler (foul, 74 mins), Luke Hendrie (foul, 77 mins), Elliot Embleton (kicking ball away, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,692 (with 265 Grimsby Town supporters).


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9 February 2019 : Darren Way Unhappy With Defending After Grimsby Gain Comfortable Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that the defending for Grimsby Town's first two goals wasn't good enough, as he watched his team slip to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon. The 1-3 home loss was triggered by first half goals that saw Wes Thomas head home, before Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net, with Yeovil's cause not helped by the later sending off of Craig Alcock, who will miss Tuesday night's match at Oldham Athletic due to a one match ban.

Way told BBC Somerset after the match that his players weren't getting tight enouh to cut out crosses into the box, and said that they needed to get into Grimsby's faces a bit more to deal with the physical side of the game:

"We're very disappointed with the two goals, and the manner. We felt that we didn't get tight, and we didn't press hard enough. The first one, we've lost a marker in the box. We felt that we should have pressed a lot earlier, to stop the cross, then we find ourselves 1-0 down. We had the same situation from a throw on the opposite side. They play four or five passes and we just didn't have the belief to get in their faces and make it ugly. We talked about before the game, in competing first and play after. I felt that in the second half we had a little bit of momentum, with good momentum and good chances, and one-on-ones with the goalkeeper, and then we have a man sent off. I feel that's where we are right now. The players had a few harsh words with each other, and it's important that they take as much responsibility as I am. I'll certainly do that at the football club."

When Kristian Dennis notched Grimsby's third in the 88th minute, the tetchy atmosphere at Huish Park turned fully against Darren Way, with a repeat of chants calling 'We want Darren out' during injury time and on the final whistle, with Alex Fisher's injury time goal proving to be a mere consolation. Way acknowledged that the club's ongoing form would see some fans turn against him, but he didn't want supporters to turn against the team:

"Unfortunately I've had that for probably three years now at certain spells in my management career. The objective is to stay in the Football League. I don't expect them to get behind me as such, because of the run of results. But all I can ask for is get behind the team, because we've got a lot of players that have perhaps come out of a games programme, that is nothing like it's been over the last week, and it's only going to get worse. Probably the last thing that the players need to see is an environment which is not behind the team. They've been great up until now. But as I've said it's one of those where I'm strong enough to deal with that. It's a huge success keeping this football club in the Football League every year, with the resources that I'm working with. It's going to take time and patience to change it."


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9 February 2019 : Yeovil 1 Grimsby 3 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon, as mid-table Grimsby Town ran away with a comfortable 3-1 victory. The visitors took command just nine minutes into the match when Wes Thomas headed home, and extended their advantage when Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net. Yeovil's miserable afternoon wasn't helped by the second half dismissal of Craig Alcock for two bookings, and Grimsby substitute Kristian Dennis put the game to bed when he lobbed Stuart Nelson in the closing minutes. That made Alex Fisher's headed goal a mere consolation in second half injury time, leaving Yeovil just two points off the relegation zone after Macclesfield gained a late point through former loanee Reece Cole.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Grimsby Town 3.

Scorers: Wes Thomas (0-1, 9 mins), Adel Gafaiti (0-2, 35 mins, own goal), Kristian Dennis (0-3, 88 mins), Alex Fisher (1-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus (77 mins for Alex Dobre) 13. Francois Zoko (55 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (39 mins for Matt Worthington) 18. Yoann Arquin

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 5 Ludvig Ohman 6 Danny Collins
27 Luke Hendrie 22 Elliot Embleton 16 Martyn Woolford 7 Jake Hessenthaler 3 Sebastian Ring
11 Jordan Cook 39 Wes Thomas

Substitutes:
4 John Welsh 8 Kristian Dennis (75 mins for Jordan Cook) 15 Harry Clifton (75 mins for Wes Thomas) 18 Charles Vernam 23 Sam Russell 24 Harry Davis (85 mins for Sebastian Ring) 25 Alex Whitmore

Yeovil Bookings: Craig Alcock (foul, 5 mins). Red Card: Craig Alcock (second bookable offence, 64 mins)

Grimsby Town Bookings: Jake Hessenthaler (foul, 74 mins), Luke Hendrie (foul, 77 mins), Elliot Embleton (kicking ball away, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,692 (with 265 Grimsby Town supporters).


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9 February 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night. Tom James, who played as a midfielder on Tuesday night, commences the first of a four match ban following his red card and his place in the side is taken by Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams.

Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison hasn't been on a Glovers teamsheet since November 27th due to a back problem but makes it onto the bench today alongside Francois Zoko. However, there's no place for Ryan Seager, Alefe Santos or Daniel Ojo.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes but last month returned to light training. Josh Grant (foot) is the other absentee.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows, with what looks like a formation change:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison 18. Yoann Arquin


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9 February 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Grimsby Town Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Grimsby Town in a League Two match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be at the game, occupying the Gazebo close to the Ticket Office, in the lead-up to the match, with a limited number of their I AM YTFC scarves still available, although these may run out today.

They're also looking for views on the ongoing Consortium talks, along with feedback on a Blueprint document they published (head here but note that it's a 11.1Mb PDF document so wait until you're on good WiFi before downloading). Details are as follows:

Match: Grimsby Town (Home)
Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m.
Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.
Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders
Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Consortium Discussions, Blueprint Feedback.

Other points of note:
* We will be selling the remaining 'I AM YTFC' scarves that we have in stock. We currently have 18 left but are planning to order order more. The scarf is priced at £5 and can also be purchased online (head here) and at the Huish Park Gazebo.
* The February Supporters Alliance Meeting took place as planned on Wednesday. The minutes are due to be agreed and published at the next meeting in March.


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9 February 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Grimsby Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 9th February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list at the age of just 24 years old. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

We then had him for the home match against Walsall, which turned into a lively Tuesday night match from a referee's point of view. He managed to award a penalty to both sides - both decisions probably correct - but with both failing to hit the back of the net, with goalkeepers coming out on top, with Scott Loach our hero for the Walsall spot kick, whilst Adam Morgan had his saved. The referee was also put under the spotlight when Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone after a rather physical challenge by Tom Bradshaw - a lengthy chat with his assistant presumably concluded that neither he nor Mr Breakspear had seen the incident. On top of that, the referee booked six players - three each way - and there was just the feeling that he was a bit too involved in the game. Manager Terry Skiverton certainly took that line, feeling that the Kingsley incident had affected the referee's judgement saying "after that, the referee seemed to take a bit of a backtrack, and I think he lost the game ... I just felt that they all seemed to lose the plot within the game."

We had him three times during the 2015-16 season. The first was an October 2015 home match against Mansfield Town. This game had an extraordinary end to it, with the Stags scoring their goal 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the match. Whilst this was deep into injury time, there was some justification for it as lengthy injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephen Arthurworrey had resulted in several second half delays, although we had gone marginally beyond the signalled nine minutes and suspect the free kick that Reggie Lambe scored from would have been the final action of the game. Otherwise, the referee had a fairly decent game. After that, he was present for the Boxing Day match against Plymouth Argyle. We lost 1-0, and he booked five players across both teams, but we don't recall any hackles being raised.

The final match of the trio came at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign. He took charge of the 1-1 draw against Northampton Town which on the whole was a decent game. However, we felt the longer the game went on, the more the referee seemed to be getting wrapped up in the match, rather than taking charge of it. Three bookings in the final five minutes looked over the top within the context of the rest of the match where he'd adopted a very lenient approach to it all.

We had him twice during the 2016-17 season - the first was in September 2016, when he took charge of the 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United. This game was frustrating on many levels, notably in that the visitors had clearly come to Huish Park with plans to timewaste. Mr Breakspear did book their goalkeeper Trevor Carson for multiple infringements, and also added on additional time to reflect what Pools had been doing. However, it did rather grate that Hartlepool got their winning goal during the time added on for some of the timewasting. Technically correct, but it felt a bit morally unjust. In fairness to him, we didn't play well during the second period, and the match was slowly eroding from our grasp.

We had him twice during the 2017-18 season, the first of which was in January 2018. He was a late replacement for the published match referee against Grimsby Town but wasted no time in getting involved in the game. He sent off Grimsby's Mitch Rose for a 6th minute foul and then followed that up by sending off Karleigh Osborne for a second bookable offence. Osborne's first booking came for fighting with his own teammate, and there lies the problem - the visitors were frustrated and ill-disciplined right from the start, and although the dismissals clearly had an effect on the 3-0 outcome, it was hard to see what the referee could have done.

In April 2018 came the 2-3 defeat against Mansfield Town at Huish Park that rounded off our home fixtures that season. What could have been a fairly quiet game from our point of view, saw seven yellow cards displayed, and an eighth that unfortunately meant that Omar Sowunmi got sent off. In fairness to the referee, Omar had committed a foul that led to Mansfield's winning goal from Lee Angol, then got booked for fouling the same player. When he committed a third foul, he was given a final warning, but went on and committed another foul on Angol again and so left the pitch. In addition to all the bookings, Mr Breakspear awarded two penalties - one for each side. We thought both were very dodgy, with one decision being given as a handball after a Mansfield free kick was blasted into the middle of the Yeovil wall - even by scrutinising the match video we couldn't work out which player in the Yeovil wall he was penalising, and the lack of a yellow card implied that the referee wasn't too sure either.

The most recent meeting came in December 2018, and this was one of his more low key showings. The game was also one devoid of serious action, with a 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers the outcome, and perhaps that stopped him getting too excitable. Ultimately we had one booking for each side, and a quiet end to the year 2018.

He has a reputation for being very top heavy with the number of bookings - so far this season he's managed 105 cautions and 11 dismissals across 33 matches. Last season he got his way through 163 yellow cards and 18 red cards through the 47 games he took charge of. If you think Trevor Kettle is a busy man, then his eye puts him in the shade!

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Link: September 2014 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 1.

Link: December 2015 : Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 5 Crawley Town 0.

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 3 Grimsby Town 0.

Link: April 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Mansfield Town 3.

Link: December 2018 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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8 February 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Grimsby Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the red card issued to Tom James at Cheltenham Town, his own dismissal, other refereeing decisions, his team's turnover of players, their lack of goals scored and the challenge that Grimsby will face. Read tht interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Grimsby Town.


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8 February 2019 : Cliff Myers RIP : 1946-2019
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Cliff Myers has passed away at the age of 72. Cliff was a former Charlton Athletic, Brentford and Torquay United player who became a popular figure during his time at Huish, as part of the highly successful side that dominated the Southern League during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Cliff Myers
Cliff Myers
Born in Southwark on September 23rd 1946, he was a Charlton youth product who played 18 times for them between 1965 and 1967 before moving across London to play for for Brentford for a season, making 10 league appearances. In January 1968, Myers was recruited by manager Ron Saunders as a 21 year old winger, with Yeovil paying a fee for his services. Saunders had arrived from Charlton himself and so knew Myers as a teammate, with Paul Smith also having come in from the same club as a close friend of his. Yeovil paid a fee for his services, which at that time was a rarity.

Cliff was to spend five-and-a-half seasons at Yeovil Town, and be part of the famous 1970-71 side that won the Southern League, and also reached the Third Round of the FA Cup. He was to ultimately move into a deeper role for the Glovers, eventually becoming a central defender. One of his finest moments for the club came during the 1972-73 season when in November 1972, he scored the winning goal in the First Round of the FA Cup against his old side Brentford, in front of 9,447 spectators.

In one of those classic FA Cup stories, the man he put the ball past for the winner was Brentford keeper Gordon Phillips. The pair were former Bees teammates, and Phillips had the misfortune to have to share a car back to Stalbridge with Myers, having agreed to be Godfather to his daughter Natalie, who at the age of three months was being christened the next day, with the ceremony having been agreed before the two players knew they would be coming up against each other!

Cliff bowed out of Yeovil Town in June 1973, having made 328 appearances, scoring 81 goals for the club. He was snapped up by Torquay United for a fee of £6,600, thus returning to the Football League between 1973 and 1975. He then went on to play for Weymouth, Taunton Town, Salisbury and Minehead in the late 1970s, whilst setting up a contract cleaning business in the area. In 1991, he moved to Rhodes, where he ran the Sunburnt Arms pub in Lindos, with his daughter Natalie acting as the bar's licence holder.

His offspring also became footballers. His son Chris Myers, who was born in Yeovil, was a Torquay United and Exeter City midfielder, whilst Chris's own son was part of Everton's Academy system before moving on to play for Fleetwood Town, Southport and Marine.

Needless to say, we send our condolences to Natalie and all the Myers family at this sad time. As one of a number of players from that era who clocked up a huge number of appearances for the club, he'll be remembered as one of many 'legends' from that pre-Football League era.


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8 February 2019 : Way Believes Talented Squad Will Need More Time To Gel
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes the current squad that he is working with is one of the most talented that he has worked with, but says that they will need time to gel, following the January Transfer Window. The Glovers brought in seven new players following the turn of the year, made up of four loan signings and three permanent signings that included Matt Worthington, Ryan Seager and Craig Alcock, who were all starting their second spells with the club.

So far, results have been decidedly mixed, with two victories and three defeats since the first of those new players arrived in the area. But Way believed his squad had suffered from higher turnover than their other league rivals and told BBC Somerset that he believed that the players he now had at his disposal were among the best, but he would need more time to manage them:

"It is, regarding the here and now. But getting that talent to gel straight away is probably going to be the key. When things were going really well, I asked people not to get too carried away, because it can change. We've been up against it, but if we're going to try to do everything we can to get this club to take off again, we're certainly going against the wind at the moment. Other clubs have probably not got to deal with the amount of turnover. We've got the youngest team - or I've played the youngest team in all top four divisions. That needs managing, and as I've said the objective is to stay in the Football League, and that's not changed for me in the last three years."

The last result was the 1-0 defeat against relegation rivals Cheltenham Town, with the Glovers playing 70 minutes with ten men, following the sending off of Tom James. Way said his one objective was to achieve 'survival' in the Football League, and claimed that the team he saw at Whaddon Road didn't deserve to lose the game

"They showed talent and they didn't deserve to lose the game. That's why I've got a huge belief in this squad, of the energy, the workrate, the commitment and the togetherness we've got and the trust in each other that we've got, that we'll complete this objective. Let's make no bones about it, for the last five years now, two of them have been relegations, and then three of them for me have been survival, and that doesn't change this year. Until we can get to a stage where we can push the club forward and get stability, and that's going to take time, and there's going to be a lot of people frustrated through that process."


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7 February 2019 : James Red Card Appeal Too Risky For Darren Way To Consider
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that the club couldn't take the risk of picking up an additional suspension for defender Tom James, when he considered whether to appeal against the defender's red card. The 22 year old was dismissed midway through the first half of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road for a straight foul on Robins winger Alex Addai, leading to an angry reaction from the Glovers boss who was also given his marching orders in the aftermath.

Speaking after Tuesday night's match, Way was firm in stating that the club would be appealing against the decision, however he has since modified his stance on the situation. Perhaps mindful of him getting his fingers burned during a January 2018 appeal against an Otis Khan dismissal, that saw the Football Association add an extra two games on top of the standard punishment, on the grounds that they saw the appeal as frivolous, Way has told BBC Somerset that it was too risky for the club to appeal, although he still felt aggrieved at the decision, and the disallowed goal James had netted from earlier in the game:

"We can't afford to take the risk, in the position that we're in, because we can't have him missing for more than four games. If it was worth the risk, then trust me, I'll take risks, and the football club would support me in that backing. But on this occasion, for the long term, and the objective of staying in the Football League, Tom is a massive part of that. We're talking a special talent with Tom and I think he's had it hard. He'd be on eight goals now. There was a disallowed goal that was perfect for me. I know that you could look at an infringment, or someone steps on someone's toe, but there was no-one in the line of the keeper, and it almost flew into the back of the net from 40 yards. I think he was frustrated. I think his timing was perhaps a little bit wrong, but I still think it stemmed back to a disallowed goal that should never have been - absolutely no chance."

Less than a minute after James was dismissed from the field of play, his manager joined him, with Fourth Official Keith Stroud reporting something that Way had said to referee Tim Robinson. The Glovers boss stated that he had not received any communication from the FA regarding the incident yet, although such cases usually take a week or two to come through, via the referee's report. Way described the incident as standing up for what he believed in, although admitted that he'd spoken to Stoke City boss Nathan Jones about his views on what he expected to happen in terms of any possible FA call-ups:

"I've spoken to previous managers that it's happened to. I've spoken to Nathan Jones today, who has probably dealt with the situation a few times. I'm making sure that I understand that situation myself. For me, I was trying to protect my player. I probably wouldn't have changed it, even now. It's the first time, where I thought my thoughts were right, because to have a goal disallowed, and to then send the same player off, for me that's unfair. You have to stand up for what you believe in. If they (the officials) are back at wherever they assess and they looked at that goal, they'd probably be disappointed at themselves that they disallowed it. You have to question yourself, in being the leader of the football club and taking the responsibility, and making sure that your actions are the right actions that have taken place. I probably wouldn't have changed what I'd done, but maybe changed what I'd said."


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7 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Cheltenham Town Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Cheltenham Town kicked off at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the return of Gary Warren and Stuart Nelson, and gives an update on Sessi D'Almeida's injury. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Cheltenham Town.


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7 February 2019 : FA Confirm Tom James Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the length of ban that Yeovil Town defender Tom James will serve, on the assumption that the club will not launch a successful appeal against the suspension. The 22 year old will serve a four match ban, made up of three games for what is deemed as Serious Foul Play following his tackle on Alex Addai during Tuesday night's League Two match against Cheltenham Town. He will also serve an additional game on top of that, as this is his second red card of the season, having been dismissed in the opening day fixture against Bury during August 2018.

James is currently scheduled to miss all remaining February fixtures, covering Saturday's home game against Grimsby Town, followed by the away trips to Oldham Athletic and Forest Green Rovers along with the home match against Cambridge United. Assuming there are no postponements in that quartet, he would next play on March 2nd, for the home game against Morecambe.

If the club has chosen to follow through with Darren Way's post-match statement that he would be appealing against the red card, then they would have to have done so by 1.00p.m. on the Wednesday - hence it should already be in situ, assuming that is the case.

In terms of the punishment that manager Darren Way may face for his red card, in the aftermath of the James dismissal, that is unlikely to be known prior to Saturday's match against Grimsby Town, and so he should be in the dugout for that match. The system covering the introduction of yellow and red cards for Technical Area staff was only introduced this season, and so the exact punishment for dismissals is a little sketchy, but appears to follow the process for 'non-standard' incidents such as mass confrontations, tunnel incidents and media comments. The FA rules also refer to 'technical area misconduct' under this category.

The process is likely to involve Way receiving a separate FA Charge under Rule E3(1) (covering General Behaviour, including abusive or insulting words or behaviour). When Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams and Southend United boss Chris Powell were both sent off during their August 11th League One match, both were the subject of separate FA charges.

Powell accepted the charge, and was given an immediate one match touchline ban, effective from August 22nd. Adams denied the charge but was subsequently found guilty of the charge. He was given a two match touchline ban, which was effective from August 29th, meaning that the two managerial bans were more driven by the disciplinary process, rather than by a fixed schedule. Powell was fined £1,250, with Adams being fined £1,500. Although it was not explicit, it would seem likely that Powell's early 'guilty' plea will have seen him get a slightly lower punishment. The main thing to note however, is that it took 11 days, and 18 days respectively for their cases to be processed, meaning that even if Way is charged he is likely to get through at least the next two matches in the dugout.

UPDATE: Yeovil Town have now confirmed that they will NOT be appealing against Tuesday night's dismissal, concerning Tom James. The four match suspension will therefore stand.


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6 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.


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6 February 2019 : Video : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view YouTube-based match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, these are now online. Slightly unusually, these are shorter highlights than those posted by Sky Sports on Tuesday night, but as well as Luke Varney's winning goal, they also manage to cram in all three of Yeovil's disallowed goals, and one of Cheltenham's two that they had ruled out. There's also the footage of Tom James' red card and the immediate dismissal of manager Darren Way. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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6 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the overall game, the Tom James disallowed goal and later red card, his own dismissal, and the performance of the match officials can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Game.


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6 February 2019 : Darren Way Plans Tom James Red Card Appeal as He Blasts Referee's Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he will appeal against referee Tim Robinson's decision to dismiss Tom Janes from the field of play on Tuesday night at Cheltenham Town. The defender was given his second red card of the season, when he slid in on Cheltenham's Alex Addai in the 21st minute of the game, with the match official producing a straight red card for the offence.

Way told BBC Somerset after the match that his team had dominated the match 'from start to finish', despite the 1-0 defeat that materialised due to a Luke Varney goal, and blamed the referee's performance and his decision to dismiss James as having undone his side. He maintained that James had not gone in with both feet when making the tackle:

"You could see the pitch was wet. He didn't leave the ground with two feet. He's tried to make contact and obviously you're in a situation where I have to stand up and fight, and that's what my team did. They dominated from start to finish, and they had more attacks and we looked really positive. So there's one thing for sure, when you're down and around where we are, you have to look at your team, you have to grow belief from that. Sat up there from where I was watching it from, it showed we've got real good players, a good spirit and a good performance. Tactically I thought we had it spot on, but unfortunately I didn't envisage a referee's performance like that. I thought the supporters were fantastic today, from start to finish, and everything that you need to be successful when you're down and around the bottom, you need to show fight and the players showed talent and a real desire to win a football match. But we were on the wrong end of a referee's performance unfortunately."

Way questioned the recent decision-making by match officials, with a recent incident during the home match against Lincoln City raising a few eyebrows when Lincoln's Harry Toffolo somehow escaped a straight red card for a head-high tackle on Gabriel Rogers. He claimed the recent decisions against his team couldd impact the football club, and said that he would appeal against the James sending off:

"You've got to appeal for that. It was a tackle, but it could go either way. Unfortunately, I don't know what it is, and I have to ask myself the question. We've had a lot of incidents now. The Lincoln one - come on - how can that not be a sending off? It was a high lunge, and that is (a red card). It's worrying. I don't know whether they're all on the circuit talking to each other, but if they are then they have to be talking about some of the decisions that they are making, which could impact the football club. I'll take the consequences of what's thrown at me but as I've said this is continuous. I don't like using that as an excuse because you're going to get bad mistakes, but for it to be continuous. As I've said I think that it's important for me to be positive now, because my players deserve that."


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5 February 2019 : Video : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. There is two-and-three-quarter minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the disallowed Tom James goal (although the camera pan doesn't capture why the whistle blew before the ball hit the net). They also show you why James was later sent off along with manager Darren Way. On top of that you can view all four of the game's offside goals, before Luke Varney finally scores a legitimate one right at the end of the video clip. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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5 February 2019 : Cheltenham 1 Yeovil 0 : Varney Defeats Glovers After Double Red Card Incident
Yeovil Town went down to a single goal defeat for the second time in three days after a Luke Varney goal divided the two sides at Whaddon Road. The 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town hid the amount of first half drama behind the match, with Tom James having a free kick goal ruled out for a foul inside the box, before picking up his second red card of the season for a straight foul. In the aftermath, manager Darren Way was also given a red card, leaving Paul Terry in charge of the fixture. That didn't stop the drama with Alex Fisher and Varney both having two goals each chalked off for offside, leading to plenty of views exchanged between the two dugouts. The defeat leaves Yeovil stuck in 21st place, having now used up their games in hand on most of their rivals, and three points off the relegation spots.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up from the team that featured at Stevenage. Sessi D'Almeida's shoulder injury means he is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, and his position in the park was taken by Tom James, with Gary Warren returning as captain following his groin problems. The other change saw Stuart Nelson preferred to Nathan Baxter as a tactical switch. In the opposition line-up, Ben Tozer captained the Cheltenham team as Scott Flinders played in goal, with Kevin Dawson on the bench.

Yeovil started brightly and on the whole dominated the opening 20 minutes. Jake Gray opened things up with a fairly tame shot into Flinders' arms. There was then the game's first controversial moment, with Tom James lining up a free kick. His shot took flight in the wind past Flinders into the back of the net. But like Saturday's strike at Stevenage, it was to be chalked off, with the match referee Tim Robinson signalling for a foul somewhere inside the box.

James then fired another free kick over the bar, with Jake Gray also missing the target from outside the box. Cheltenham had done very little bar a looping Ben Tozer header which Stuart Nelson easily claimed. Then just 21 minutes into the half, the game's second contentious incident occurred. Tom James slid in on Alex Addai on the corner of the area, wiping the player out, and referee Tim Robinson deemed the tackle to be out of control, producing a straight red card, for James' second dismissal of the season. In the aftermath, manager Darren Way was also dismissed from the dugouts for his protests.

It was then the home side's turn to get the ball in the back of the net, as Luke Varney converted a Ryan Broom cross, but the linesman's flag went up to rule it out for offside. Then Alex Fisher twice got the ball in the back of the net in quick succession, with the second coming from a clever Rhys Browne move, but once again the linesman's flag was raised, meaning that the net had rippled four times, but the scoreline was still 0-0.

No surprise that the game was getting a bit niggly and frustrated. Cheltenham did very little before the break despite the man advantage, with Ryan Broom putting the ball over the bar just as the half time whistle blew, but they were showing nothing to suggest they had a man advantage. That might have been in home boss Michael Duff's mind when he chose to bring on substitute Kevin Dawson, switching his side to a flat back four for the second period.

Chris Clements opened the second half by firing a shot from outside the box that went wide before we had the fifth disallowed goal of the half. Luke Varney looked a little sheepish as he tapped the ball into the net, knowing that the linesman's flag had already gone up, but by now it was "3-2 to Yeovil" yet still 0-0 on the scoreboard. Once again, the game had a bit of a tetchy feel to it as Matt Worthington and Adel Gafaiti were quickly booked for kicking the ball away.

On the hour mark, came the goal. Ryan Broom put a ball into the box, that was half cleared by the Yeovil defence. On the edge of the box, Luke Varney connected with a looping volley that flew past Stuart Nelson for the 1-0 lead that Cheltenham had struggled to get up until that point. But it was to allow them far more room in the final half hour, with Rakim Bingham almost grabbing a second straight from kick-off as the Yeovil defence fell asleep, allowing him to break through, with only Nelson's legs denying him.

Yeovil needed to apply some pressure, and eventually introduced Yoann Arquin, Tristan Abrahams and Courtney Duffus as substitutes to freshen up the front line. But they were woefully short of being able to create clearcut chances. For all of the possession and territory they got, Cheltenham only needed to break on them for further chances to fall to Luke Varney which went wide, and another Rakim Bingham break that saw him shoot from the edge of the box.

For all of the throw-ins, touchline passes, and moves across the face of the Cheltenham box, Yeovil couldn't muster a proper second half shot, with Cheltenham's defence easily blocking out those final balls into the box. The final chance of the night fell instead to Jacob Maddox, who forced Stuart Nelson into another save, with Cheltenham looking a bit too comfortable during six minutes of injury time to look like they were going to relinquish their lead. The man deficit wouldn't have helped them, but once again Yeovil lacked creativity, and they end the evening in 21st place, three points from the drop, but significantly, those much talked about games in hand are now completely used up on their rivals, with no gain to their position.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Luke Varney (1-0, 59 mins)

Cheltenham Town:
1 Scott Flinders
23 Jordan Forster 4 Ben Tozer 24 Charlie Raglan
11 Ryan Broom 25 Jordan Tillson 26 Chris Clements 3 Chris Hussey
20 Jacob Maddox
16 Alex Addai 32 Luke Varney

Substitutes:
22 Rhys Lovett (GK) 7 Conor Thomas (90 mins for Chris Clements) 8 Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Jordan Forster) 9 Immanuelson Duku 21 Billy Waters 27 Rakish Bingham (38 mins for Alex Addai) 28 Cameron Pring

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus (79 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams (72 mins for Rhys Browne) 18. Yoann Arquin (75 mins for Alex Dobre) 27. Ryan Seager

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Rakish Bingham (foul, 44 mins), Jacob Maddox (foul, 56 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Worthington (kicking ball away, 52 mins), Adel Gafaiti (kicking ball away, 55 mins). Red Card: Tom James (serious foul play, 21 mins), Darren Way (language, 21 mins)

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex) Assistants: Andrew Fox (Coventry) and Mark Jones. Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,457 (with 200 Yeovil Town supporters)


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5 February 2019 : Team News For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Stevenage on Saturday.

Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida injured his shoulder on Saturday and so drops out of the side. He is replaced by captain Gary Warren, with that implying that Tom James will move back into midfield for this fixture. There's also a change between the sticks, with Stuart Nelson recalled to the side in favour of Nathan Baxter.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and he is now back to running, albeit without any competitive tackling or serious ball work involved. Josh Grant (foot) and Alex Pattison (back) are the other absentees. Francois Zoko, Alefe Santos and Daniel Ojo are presumed fit but are not selected.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 27. Ryan Seager

Cheltenham Town:
1 Scott Flinders
23 Jordan Forster 4 Ben Tozer 24 Charlie Raglan
11 Ryan Broom 25 Jordan Tillson 26 Chris Clements 3 Chris Hussey
20 Jacob Maddox
16 Alex Addai 32 Luke Varney

Substitutes:
7 Conor Thomas 8 Kevin Dawson 9 Immanuelson Duku 21 Billy Waters 22 Rhys Lovett 27 Rakish Bingham 28 Cameron Pring


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5 February 2019 : Fisher Wanting To Get Breathing Space On Bottom Pair In Whaddon Road Clash
Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher has said that he is aware that Tuesday night's match against Cheltenham Town is a big game in terms of his side's season. When the Glovers chose to call off the trip to Whaddon Road due to international call-ups back in October 2018, they were above their opponents in a relatively comfortable mid-table position, with the Robins struggling near the bottom following a slow start to the 2018-19 season.

During the four months that have passed, the two clubs have swapped positions, as they look to play the game in hand that they have over the majority of their rivals in the lower half of the division. Yeovil do have an incentive tonight, as they know that victory would see them leapfrog their hosts, although from Cheltenham's point of view a win could give them an eight point buffer between themselves and the bottom two. As such, Fisher has told BBC Somerset that he knows the game has extra significance. However, he adds that it is important the team focus on their own game:

"In the context of the season, we're all very aware that it's a big game. But at the same time it's very easy to maybe focus too much on things you can't control. So we've been very specific with our preparation, in terms that we just want to focus on our performance and see what we can get out of the game. Obviously we would like to have a bit more breathing space between the teams below us, and that would bring Cheltenham right back into it as well. First and foremost we've got to make sure that we stick to our game plan."

One of the matches that allowed Cheltenham to climb away from relegation danger came at Yeovil Town's expense. The 1-4 defeat on New Year's Day was the Glovers' worst defeat of the season. Fisher believes that the game may pan out rather differently in terms of the shape of the Whaddon Road pitch, and with Yeovil players having it in their minds where they went wrong at the start of January:

"Having not been too long ago, it's quite fresh in the memory. Sometimes it's quite good to play a team soon after, because you remember a lot about the players that you came up against and the way that they play. Games can be very different at the same time, in League Two. I think their pitch is relatively small, whereas ours is quite big, so the structure of the match might be a little bit different. But it will be nice to get straight back into a game following Saturday's defeat. We're chomping at the bit to get started."

Fisher has suffered a bit of a goal drought over the last three months, with his last strike coming during the November FA Cup match against Stockport County, with his last goal in League Two coming on October 23rd against Crewe Alexandra. The striker says he is aware of that gap, but feels he's still getting into the right positions in the penalty area, to enable that situation to change:

"As a striker, you're always aware if you haven't notched in a few games, but the main thing is if you're in the right place and you're getting chances, that's the first and foremost thing. I feel like I've been getting myself into dangerous positions, but there's a few times where the ball either hasn't fallen to me, or fallen into the box. But it's one of those where if you focus too much on things that are outside your control it's easy to get into a bit of a rut."

One possibility tonight is that Fisher may find himself either on the bench, or partnering new personnel. The final week in January saw the club recruit Ryan Seager on a permanent deal along with Courtney Duffus. In addition, Tristan Abrahams is a Norwich City loanee who has yet to get onto the pitch. Fisher recognises that there will be plenty of pressure on the strikers from now on, to perform:

"It's a chance now for a lot of people to try to stake a claim for the position. They know that just putting in an okay performance isn't necessarily good enough. There's a lot of competition up front, and it's something where you've got to learn to play under the pressure, not only of the league but of the internal pressures that are placed from the manager. He's made a statement of what he's tried to put into place, and it's up to us, who are playing, to respond to that."


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5 February 2019 : Craig Alcock Talks About The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Craig speaks about his return to the club, shortly after leaving Cheltenham Town - who he'll have a quick return to for Tuesday night's match. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Stevenage.


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5 February 2019 : Saturday's BBC Local Radio Feature On The Club's Prospective Takeover
Whilst Yeovil Town supporters are currently waiting to see if the club's current takeover bid can reach fruition, BBC local radio have been discussing how that might affect the club. On Saturday, prior to the League Two match against Stevenage, Saturday Sport presenter Richard Hoskin and regular BBC Somerset commentator Chris Spittles had a pre-match chat live on air about how the takeover is progressing and where it might take the club.

Whilst little is officially known, other than the club's brief statement last Wednesday, if you missed the broadcast on Saturday's radio coverage, you can read what was said below:

RH: What more, if anything, can you add since Tuesday?

CS: We're still going through the process with the Football League and with the Football Association, exactly as I said. It's an American Investor that is interested. I understand the finances have been sorted between this investor and Norman Hayward, Yeovil Town's majority shareholder, and it's just a wait-and-see. There's no alarm because you look at other takeovers that have happened at other clubs, and they do now have to go through this Fit and Proper Persons Test. They have to look into the investor's background, their finances, and they have to make sure they are the type of person they want running and owning a football club in the Football League.

RH: I noticed that Yeovil fans on Twitter Town in particular have a few questions still. How much money would this investor have, and how owns the land around Huish Park should the takeover happen?

CS: Yes, well they're both very interesting questions. First of all, I understand that the investor coming in to make sure that Yeovil Town have a competitive squad in League Two, and hopefully long term can get them back up into League One. I think if we're honest, if Yeovil Town are competing in League One, that's a very good standard for a club of their size. The one season in the Championship really was amazing, but I don't think you can expect Yeovil to regularly be there. So in terms of finances, I'm led to believe that he thinks he's got enough money. What is enough money in football these days? The land issue is so complicated, and only really one person can answer that, and that is Norman Hayward. He's the man that has to part with the shares in the football club. He also owns the Holding Company, and we need to ask those questions to the new investor once he comes in. I wouldn't rule out that Norman Hayward might retain a slice of any future profit should the land around the ground be developed. I wouldn't imagine that it would be a big slice, but let's be honest that is still a long long time away. The covenants and all the legal wrangles tied up in the land is a question massively for in the future, and I'm not even sure we'll get a straight answer once the new investor does take over.

RH: Now it's easy to criticise, and boy have we criticised Yeovil this season, but it was a very good transfer window at Huish Park, wasn't it?

CS: Yes, they've given it a go. Mark Palmer, the club advisor, is working with Darren Way, and with Neal Marmon, the new coach, as well. And the new investor has been involved, and I think we were all surprised at the number of players that Yeovil have brought in. They've realised the problem. Darren Way and all of us know the problem - Yeovil Town are not scoring enough goals. So to bring in three strikers this week, and they've also signed Alex Dobre, who looks a talent going forward. They've really gone for it. They've done everything that they can squad-wise and player recruitment-wise, to try to make sure they stay in League Two, to make sure they maintain their Football League status. Now these players have got to go and do the business on the pitch.

RH: I think they've got 24 contracted players, so not everyone is going to be happy and not everyone is going to get a game.

CS: No, as I was driving here, I was trying to work out who the players would be who would get left out. Well Alefe Santos and Francois Zoko are the two fit players who are here today and not involved in the eighteen. So immediate question marks over them. Josh Grant, Gary Warren and Alex Pattison are all injured. They are players who will come into the mix of course. Omar Sowunmi should be back within the month as well. So you're absolutely right, we'll find out which players Darren Way really wants to retain and keep. At the moment Francois Zoko out of contract in the summer, and likewise Alefe Santos, it's a long way back for them when they can't even make the eighteen man squad on a matchday.


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5 February 2019 : Officials For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Whaddon Road on Tuesday 5th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). He was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012 and we've now had him six times as a referee. He's been placed on the PGMO Select Group 2 list since the start of the 2016-17 season - a set of fully professional officials that now largely take charge of Championship level fixtures. All four of the Tuesday night officials have come from this list.

The first time we saw him was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

He was present for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."

This theme somewhat repeated itself for the August 2013 match against Birmingham City - the Championship match that saw the game settled by a Dan Seaborne own goal. Although he eventually went on to book six players, his performance earlier on in the match was rather frustrating. Birmingham were one of these sides that regularly fouled their opponents, and Mr Robinson tried to opt for finger-wags, calling their captain over, and issuing last warnings to avoid dishing out yellow cards. His problem was that even after those last warnings, he continued to dish out 'last last' warnings instead of putting his foot down, and that led to the match getting a bit heated and fraught at times.

He was much better for our April 2015 home match against Sheffield United, that gave Paul Sturrock his first win as the new Yeovil Town manager. A Stephen Arthurworrey goal won the match for the Glovers, and overall the official took a back seat in the game. We can't recall it, but with us running the ball into the corner flags during second half injury time, the 90th minute booking for Josh Sheehan for timewasting looks suspiciously justified! The Sheffield Star gave him a 7/10 mark - judging by their player marks, that suggested they were happy with his performance as well.

He was then present for the September 2015 Football League Trophy tie against Barnet at Huish Park. This was a low key game of oddness - a match that Yeovil won without having a single shot on target, with an own goal settling the game. Despite the often pedestrian nature of the tie, Mr Robinson managed to produce six bookings on the night. Nothing controversial, but for a game where nothing really happened, we're not sure how he clocked up that many.

There are far more vivid memories of the January 2016 meeting that involved Mr Robinson. This was the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park. Across the night we saw eight yellow cards and two red cards in a rather bad-tempered match, which we felt he was losing control of even by the end of the first half.

His big moment came in the 80th minute when he judged Jabo Ibehre's spot of WWF 'clotheslining' of Artur Krysiak to be worthy only of a yellow card - that bit of video footage flew around the world on social media after the game, in disbelief that somehow Ibehre had stayed on the pitch. Robinson's grip on the game later went entirely when Alex Lacey and Luke Joyce were dismissed in separate incidents that were far less worthy of note - needless to say, the referee was hammered by the media after the game, and deservedly so.

The most recent game was the Boxing Day 2016 home match against Exeter City. The match finished in a 0-0 draw, with his major decision coming from a handball by Exeter's Jordan Moore-Taylor inside the box. No penalty was given with probably the close range nature of the shot giving him the benefit of the doubt. Overall, we had a bit of a quibble about the number of bookings, with six players picking up yellows in what was a good-natured game.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Andrew Fox (Coventry) and Mark Jones. The Fourth Official will be Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Sheffield United 0.

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnet 0.

Link: January 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1 (Carlisle won 5-4 on penalties).

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 0.


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5 February 2019 : Yeovil Town Defender Nominated For Player Of The Month Award
Yeovil Town defender Tom James has been nominated for the Leaague Two Player Of The Month. The nominations for January 2019 have been made by the Football League, and see the versatile player named during a month that saw him score goals against Cheltenham Town and Notts County. The month saw him play a variety of positions, including right-back, a holding midfield role, and also central defence.

The Football League say the following about his nomination:

Tom James (Yeovil Town) – central defender
The classy youngster could have moved on from Huish Park by now, but while he stays, Yeovil have a player who can impact both end of the pitch. He helped to preserve two clean sheets and scored two of Yeovil’s four January goals.

Tom has been nominated alongside players from Forest Green Rovers, Carlisle United and Bury. Their nominations are as follows:

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) - striker
It is hard to overstate the mental turmoil and self-doubt Doidge must have felt when he was sent back from Bolton this month. Instead of moping, he responded with dignity, commitment and three goals in four starts.

Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) - striker
Carlisle’s surge up the League Two table can be attributed in large part to Hope’s stellar form. Mobile and quick, he possesses the attributes defenders hate, cutting in from the left. Scored three goals and claimed an assist.

Jay O'Shea (Bury) – midfielder
Having the goalscoring season of his life. Five more came in January and all but one either equalised or gave Bury the lead. All kinds, too, from a lovely driving run and shot at Forest Green to a low fizzer against Lincoln.

All Player Of The Month and Manager Of The Month awards are announced on Friday morning.


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4 February 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town
On Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town hit the road for a League Two match. The sight of Whaddon Road and Cheltenham Town should be a familiar one for many fans - find ticketing, parking, directions, club statistics and a pub guide via the following link.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

The redeveloped Whaddon Road End for away supporters - an all-seater stand holding 1,100
The redeveloped Whaddon Road End for away supporters - an all-seater stand holding 1,100.



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4 February 2019 : Glovers Trust Interview About Glovers Takeover Developments
Late last week, the revelation that club had been approached by an external investor was confirmed by Yeovil Town, in a short statement. On the back of that, and associated internet rumours, the Glovers Trust gave an interview to BBC Somerset about the developments. With questions from Breakfast show host Claire Carter, Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell gave his views on the situation, and what it might mean for the club. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Glovers Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell Speaks To The BBC About The American Consortium.


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4 February 2019 : Wigan Athletic Linked With Tom James Despite Transfer Window Closure
Serial clickbaiters HITC have this morning run an article connecting Yeovil Town defender Tom James with a move to Championship side Wigan Athletic. Despite the January Transfer window having closed just four days ago, they are now commencing their Summer Transfer window rumours with a claim that the defender is the subject of interest, claiming that they tried to sign him during January without success, and will now try to lure him in the summer..

They claim that the information comes from "sources close to the club" although don't make clear whether this has come from the Yeovil end or the Wigan end. The month of January was a fairly quiet one in terms of rumours, although predictably HITC did run a very generic story claiming that James was the subject of interest from "several Championship clubs", although this didn't materialise into anything of note.

This has been a long running saga, mainly through HITC, where they've written in excess of 40 articles on Tom James over the last year or so, with only West Bromwich Albion's August 2018 bid of £400,000 actually reaching the point where both clubs reached an agreement on a fee. That deal ultimately fell through and there was no sign of any concrete offers for James during January 2019.

The one thing we can be certain on, is that nothing substantial will take place until May 2019. At that point there is a slight question mark in that the contract Tom James signed in January 2018 was publicised by the club as running out in June 2019. However, more recent reports via reporter Chris Spittles and from BBC Radio Bristol's sport team believe that James is under contract until June 2020. If that is confirmed, then the club would still be able to refuse bids from any interested club.


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4 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Stevenage Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the arrival of Craig Alcock, and the recruitment of three new strikers. He also explains the absence of Francois Zoko. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Stevenage.


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3 February 2019 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view extended highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, these are now available online. There is two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage that shows the winning goal from Alex Revell that divided the two teams. There's also footage showing second half chances for Rhys Browne and Tom James, whilst they also show the James 'goal' that was disallowed, reportedly due to Alex Fisher interfering with play as the ball went into the box. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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3 February 2019 : Henry Heads To Essex After Glovers Release
Former Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry has found himself a new club. The West Ham United Academy graduate had been released by the Glovers two days ago, by mutual consent, with his one year contract brought to an end. The 19 year old has now signed a contract with National League side Braintree Town, which will take him a bit closer to his old home.

As yet, Braintree haven't specified his length of contract at Cressing Road. He'll join an Essex side that features former Yeovil Town Academy striker Callum Morton, who is on loan from West Bromwich Albion, and also former winger Iffy Allen, who signed for them two weeks ago.

Braintree are currently bottom of the National League, and nine points short of safety. However, they did show some signs of hope in their last home match, when they thrashed Barnet 4-0, with Callum Morton bagging a hat-trick, whilst Iffy Allen grabbed the fourth.

Henry's time at Huish Park saw him significantly limited in terms of first team competitive action. He made five appearances for the club, all from the bench, with three of those coming during the first half of August. After being sent out on loan to Poole Town, where he scored four goals in three appearances before being recalled, he only played a further 12 minutes for the club, and did not feature on a teamsheet from November 24th onwards.


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2 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the match, Sessi D'Almeida's injury, and the disallowed goal from Tom James. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game.


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2 February 2019 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage, these are now available online. There is one minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows Alex Revell's winning goal, as well as an early effort for Alex Dobre that went wide of the target, along with numerous other Stevenage efforts. Unfortunately they don't show Tom James's disallowed goal so we can't judge that one yet. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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2 February 2019 : Darren Way Feels Glovers Were Punished For Disallowed James Goal
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that his side's goal against Stevenage should have stood, feeling that his side was punished by the linesman. The match officials chalked off a free kick from Tom James in the 57th minute of the game, when James put a ball into the box on the angle, that flew through a crowd of players and into the back of the net.

Referee John Busby consulted with his linesman when the flag went up and ruled that striker Alex Fisher was interfering with play. Thus after celebrations were cut short, the goal was chalked off, with Stevenage going on to win the match through an Alex Revell goal eighteen minutes from time. Way told BBC Somerset that he saw the goal as being the same as the winning strike James scored against Carlisle United in October, that saw the ball deflect into the net off a Cumbrian defender, and believed it should have been allowed to stand:

"They said he (Alex Fisher) was stood in an offside position. But he wasn't in the line of the goalkeeper and he didn't get a touch. It was no different from our goal against Carlisle. That's what Tom James does really well in that wide area. He makes good contact with the ball, it's on target and the keeper's position was wrong, and we find ourselves punished. But to go down the other end in a short space of time and concede like we did, we were disappointed with that."

Revell's goal ultimately separated the two sides, with the Glovers often looking toothless in terms of their attempts to get back into the game. However, Way said he was frustrated with his side's defending for the goal, and wanted his team to concentrate more on keeping clean sheets in order to come out with at least a point from the game:

"We keep saying it every week, how tight the games are. Clean sheets are very important for us. Whenever we've come off the back of a good result we've kept clean sheets. We thought their goal was disappointing defending. The cross came in too easily, and we didn't stay with our runner. We found ourselves 1-0 down after having some good chances, and a goal disallowed which I've looked at and there was nothing wrong with it. It was almost identical to the Carlisle goal, but unfortunately the linesman has got involved. He didn't have a lot to do today, so I think he's decided to make that call. I don't think it was the referee. We find ourselves not being allowed to have that goal. They go down, and I don't know how quick in succession that was, but we were disappointed with our defending on that goal."

Way reported that Sessi D'Almeida suffered a shoulder injury during this afternoon's game, and is expected to go for a scan to assess the severity of the injury.


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2 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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2 February 2019 : Stevenage 1 Yeovil 0 : Revell Seals Points In Inert Glovers Display
A single goal from Alex Revell was enough to see Yeovil Town fall to defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday afternoon. The hosts won the match 18 minutes from time when Jordan Gibson's cross from the right found Revell at the near post to give them all three points. Yeovil struggled to create clear-cut chances, although did have a Tom James free kick ruled out for offside when his angled cross evaded everyone inside the box, only for the linesman's flag to go up due to a Glovers player in an offside position. They remain just three points off the relegation spots, in 21st place, on a weekend where five League Two matches failed to take place due to the icy conditions.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their starting line-up, although despite the busy final week in the January transfer window, none of them were debuts. The only 'new' boy was an old one, with Craig Alcock coming in for Joshua Grant who had a bruised foot. Adel Gafaiti had recovered from a head injury to displace Bevis Mugabi, whilst a groin injury meant captain Gary Warren dropped out, with Tom James dropping into the back four to replace him. Matt Worthington took the holding midfield slot. Rhys Browne was brought in for Yoann Arquin, whilst Alex Fisher started up front in place of Francois Zoko, who was not on the teamsheet against his former side.

The match opened up slowly, but the first chance fell to Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre, whose angled shot from the left flank flashed a couple of yards wide for the Glovers. On the other flank, Jake Gray forced Stevenage keeper Paul Farman into a smart stop at his near post. However, Stevenage created the game's first big chance when a Michael Timlin shot was flicked on by Kurtis Guthrie, with Nathan Baxter having to produce a brilliant one-handed save to palm the ball away for a corner.

The flow of a low-tempo half was not helped by Sessi D'Almeida going down injured after a full-blooded challenge by Johnny Hunt. The Yeovil midfielder appeared to land on his shoulder and after lengthy treatment on the sidelines, he was forced to retire, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him, meaning that Tom James moved into the midfield berth. That really didn't seem to suit Yeovil, as it meant they had two defensive midfielders on the pitch, whilst there was a tendancy for Alex Dobre and Rhys Browne to drop back into midfield positions, leaving Alex Fisher very isolated in what was in reality a 4-5-1.

Stevenage were the team forcing the initiative, with Alex Revell heading wide at the near post from a free kick. Then Johnny Hunt struck the woodwork from close range after he got free inside the box - not something that would have counted, given a linesman's flag went up, but a warning of how the home team were dominating. Ilias Chair's curling free kick over the wall was palmed away by Nathan Baxter, leading to a goalmouth scramble that saw Adel Gafaiti have to put in a block, before Baxter finally dropped to the floor to put his body over the ball. There was also a nasty moment just before the break when Carl Dickinson lost his bearings, trying a back header to Baxter, that instead went way beyond the keeper, but mercifully the ball dropped wide of the post.

The second period opened up with Tom James having a shot from distance, but one that Paul Farman was able to easily gather. However, James was then involved in a disallowed goal, that will need much replaying on the video. As he stepped up to take a free kick on the angle, his ball into the box looked to be aimed as a cross to the back post, but with bodies going across the ball, it did enough to fool Farman and for the ball to go direct into the back of the net. As Yeovil celebrated, up went a linesman's flag though, and after a brief discussion, it was ruled out for offside, presumably due to a Glovers player either interfering with play by moving across the keeper's line - there didn't appear to be a touch on the way through.

Rhys Browne showed a few nice twists and turns before his shot forced Farman to punch the ball away, and the same player got in another shot shortly after. Yeovil were playing with a bit more attacking prowess in the second period, having stuck numbers heavily behind the ball in the first period, but equally that was giving Stevenage gaps to exploit.

With just eighteen minutes remaining, they did just that. Substitute Jordan Gibson got space down the right flank, and his ball into the box was converted at the near post by Alex Revell, who ran off to the East Terrace in celebration at their breakthrough. 1-0 down and Yeovil would have to change their outlook ... something that was done straight from kick-off, as Courtney Duffus was introduced for his debut, as Matt Worthington came on, giving the Glovers a 4-4-2 formation that their lack of width up until that point that probably needed.

That 4-4-2 didn't last long though, with Ryan Seager being introduced as time ran out, with a 4-3-1-2 seeing the former Southampton man playing behind the two main strikers. Tom James seemed to be the only attacking outlet as in the final ten minutes, he tried a Dolanesque run through midfield and shot that Farman saved low to his left. James then tried a free kick from 25 yards out but it cleared the crossbar on the way through.

The frustration was that even at a goal down, Yeovil created little in the closing stages to threaten an equalising goal. There was no great final burst to throw men forward, and Stevenage finished the match very comfortably, keeping the ball in Yeovil's half, and finishing most of the three minutes of injury time 70 yards away from their goal. It meant the final whistle blew in muted circumstances from the travelling away end's point of view. A club takeover may be in sight, but for the problems faced on the field of play, not too much has changed. Bar the offside goal, Yeovil created little, and ended the day in 21st place, and must be thankful that Macclesfield Town were unable to capitalise on the day.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Alex Revell (72 mins, 1-0)

Stevenage:
1 Paul Farman
2 Luther Wildin 5 Scott Cuthbert 31 Ben Nugent 3 Johnny Hunt
24 Moses Makasi 4 Michael Timlin 8 Joel Byrom 12 Ilias Chair
9 Alex Revell 28 Kurtis Guthrie

Substitutes:
16 Arthur Iontton (80 mins for Alex Revell) 23 Jordan Gibson (61 mins for Moses Makasi) 25 Ronnie Henry (87 mins for Joel Byrom) 27 Oliver Byrne 30 Luke Wilkinson 35 Callum Dyson 36 Elijah Adebayo

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (17 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 11. Courtney Duffus (73 mins for Matt Worthington) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 27. Ryan Seager (80 mins for Rhys Browne)

Stevenage Bookings: None

Yeovil Bookings: None

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Paul Yates (Kent) and Declan Ford (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 2,157 (with 171 Yeovil Town supporters)


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2 February 2019 : Team News For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. The match sees the Glovers name five changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Lincoln City ten days ago. Defender Adel Gafaiti has recovered from his head injury and replaces Bevis Mugabi. Captain Gary Warren sits this game out which we presume means Tom James is in the back four. Given Craig Alcock replaces Josh Grant - we assume that means James is a centre-back today.

Further up the field, Rhys Browne comes into the side, with Yoann Arquin dropping out. Matt Worthington takes the role that Tom James has been performing in the last few games. Up front Alex Fisher comes in as Francois Zoko drops out of the squad entirely.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and he is now back to running, albeit without any competitive tackling or serious ball work involved. Gary Warren (groin), Josh Grant and Alex Pattison (back) are the other absentees. Francois Zoko, Alefe Santos and Daniel Ojo are presumed fit but are not selected.

Midfielder James Bailey and striker Korrey Henry have both left the club by mutual consent, with neither being part of recent teamsheets.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 27. Ryan Seager


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2 February 2019 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Broadhall Way. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Busby (Oxfordshire).

We've had him on five occasions before. Three of those were during the 2016-17 season. The earliest was the August 2016 home match against Morecambe - at the time that was only his third game in charge at Football League level. Prior to his arrival we'd had a series of first year officials for some reason, and there were quite a few that we were less than impressed with. We lost the match 0-1 despite having a large amount of the play. Our recollection was that he wasn't too bad, but the Gazette disagreed saying he "Lacked authority, which infuriated the players and fans alike at times, and got a number of decisions wrong as he looked out of his depth at times" - the game ultimately produced one booking each, so perhaps they felt he was a bit too hands-off.

For the November 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage game against Reading Under-21s we were probably more glad that he stayed hands-off. A rather red-blooded tackle by Bevis Mugabi just before the break could have got him more than the yellow card he was given. The theory was that the class of the competition and a near-empty stadium probably saved him the walk. That was the referee's only card of the night, so again it was a quiet performance.

He was more lively in the January 2017 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he dished out eight bookings - four for each side. The game did get a bit tetchy during the second half, with Francois Zoko and Josh Payne getting carded for some handbags. Manager Darren Way was convinced that Payne should have got more than that:

"It's amazing. It's another decision from the referees that seem to be going against us at the moment. I don't know whether it looks like sometimes it's easier not to give it against us. But they have to reflect upon their own performance. I'm seeing it consistently every week, and it's frustrating. But what can you do about it? He's just quite clearly lashed out at Francois. So that's disappointing."

Way's complaints - and the post-match questions aimed at him - tended to overlook another key decision that had gone in his side's favour. During the second half, Nathan Smith produced a goal line clearance that appeared to have the 'hand of Maradona' involved in it. Crawley appealed loudly, and we were slightly amazed (but thankful) that Mr Busby gave nothing, as it would have led to a red card and a penalty.

The 2017-18 season saw Mr Busby involved in one Yeovil Town match. That was the EFL Trophy Third Round game against Forest Green Rovers that saw us win 2-0. Such ties tend to be a little bit on the sleepy side in terms of controversial incidents and this one was definitely the case, with two early goals contributing to a half-paced second period where Rovers seemed to have more-or-less conceded the tie, and where officials didn't need to intervene.

The most recent meeting involving Mr Busby came earlier this season, in the August 2018 home match against Oldham Athletic. There he dished out just one card, to former Glover Ishmael Miller, and the striker was given a 'last warning' during the final minute of that first half due to another foul. Oldham substituted him at the break to protect him, but Darren Way complained after the match that they shouldn't have been given that opportunity, stating that Miller should have been sent off. The second half was a bit niggly, maybe because of that, but the match referee stayed hands-off.

In terms of his overall career, at the tail end of the 2014-15 season he was given two prestige cup final appearances - he was the Fourth Official for the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. He was also chosen as the main referee for the Nike Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, between Arsenal U14s and Reading U14s. He has also taken charge of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final and a FA Vase Semi-Final. He's been heavily fast-tracked - he was only promoted to Conference National level during the summer of 2015, having started refereeing in the year 2000.

Mr Busby will be assisted by Paul Yates (Kent) and Declan Ford (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.

Link: November 2016 : Reading Under-21s 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2017 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Forest Green Rovers 0.

Link: August 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 0.


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2 February 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Stevenage Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren gives his view on the final day of the transfer window, his squad strength and the challenge of Saturday's opponents. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: The interview was conducted just before the club's final transfer deadline day deals went through and so should be read with that in mind.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Stevenage.


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1 February 2019 : Alcock Returns For Second Yeovil Town Spell
Yeovil Town have made a seventh signing of 2019. Although the January transfer window is closed, they are still entitled to bring in free agents under Football League rules. As a result, they have announced that right-back Craig Alcock has been snapped up, shortly after his release from Cheltenham Town last month.

Craig has signed a contract until the end of the 2018-19 season, having done a large loop around the Football League that saw him start his career at Yeovil Town as a product of the club's Under-18s side. He has since played for Peterborough United, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield United and Cheltenham Town, but the Robins released him from their short term contract last week, and he now returns to a club where he played 121 times, scoring three goals.

Craig was born in Truro, in Cornwall, but by the time he was recruited for Yeovil Town's Under-18s by Stuart Housley, he was living in the Wincanton area and studying at Sexey's School in Bruton. He was part of the Youth Team's title winning 2005-06 side, and was then given a professional contract in the summer of 2006.

Russell Slade gave him his first team debut on the final day of the 2006-07 season's main league matches, and during the following campaign Craig began to challenge Lee Peltier for the right-back slot. When Peltier left for Huddersfield, that left him as the first choice player in that position, and he ultimately became the club's captain by 2010, making 121 appearances, scoring three goals.

In July 2011, he had fallen out of contract at Huish Park, and decided against signing a new deal, heading to Peterborough United to pen a three year deal with them, earning Yeovil an undisclosed training and development fee that was reported as being in the region of £100,000 to £150,000. He made 112 appearances for Posh, including picking up a winners medal in the 2014 Football League Trophy Final.

Alcock then spent the 2014-15 season playing for Sheffield United in League One, but gradually struggled for game time following an injury, making just 37 appearances for the Blades across one-and-a-half seasons. That led to Doncaster Rovers making a move for his services, initially as a loan agreement. At the Keepmoat Stadium he made 73 appearances across three seasons, and was part of their 2016-17 season League Two promotion winning squad, but again struggled for game time once Donny were back in League One. That led to his release in the summer of 2018.

Over the summer of 2018, Darren Way tried to sign Alcock, but at that time he was training with both League One side Luton Town and Championship side Rotherham United. Neither pre-season spell led to a deal, and that led to him signing a half-season deal with Cheltenham Town, who had also been trying to sign him up earlier in the summer. He made eleven appearances for the Robins in all competitions including the final 81 minutes of the 2019 New Year's Day match at Huish Park, with him taking the unusual position of a left-sided centre-back, in their 4-1 win.

Alcock was ultimately released by the Robins due to the need to manage their finances with manager Michael Duff stating that the decision to release Alcock had "been taken out of our hands and finances have dictated". He now heads back to Huish Park as a free agent, seven-and-a-half years after he left the Glovers first time round. Manager Darren Way has said of his return:

"Craig knows the history and values of this football club which is what we need to move forward. I have trust in his determination to push the club forward and his experience and leadership will be valuable assets in part two of the season."

Link: Craig Alcock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 February 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the rather familiar journey to Broadhall Way, home of Stevenage, for a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to include this season's ticketing and travel, plus directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and everything else you need to set you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters
The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters.
Photo © 2013-18 Ciderspace



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1 February 2019 : Way Sees Foundations As Being Laid For Prospective Owners To Take On
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has claimed that the 'foundations have been laid' for any prospective new owner to build on for the club's future. The Glovers are currently going through takeover talks, with what the club describe as 'potential investors', reported as being an American consortium that has agreed a price with current Owner Norman Hayward to sell the club. At present, the belief is the deal is waiting on Football Association and Football League clearance, under their Fit And Proper Person Test, for any major shareholders or company Directors looking to sit on the new Board, meaning that for now the current Board and Ownership remains in situ.

However, Way has told BBC Somerset that he believes that 'massive improvements' have been made to the football club, and that any incoming owner would be surprised at the current state of the club. He believes the new owners should continue along the strategic plan the current Owner has put in place:

"What we probably need is a strategic plan that the Chairman and the Owner has put in place, for anyone else to carry that on. I've seen massive improvements, which is why I've probably extended my contract. Some of the things are not visible, like the Academy. The foundations have been laid, and if it was to get sold, for whatever the reasons that may be, I think the new investor would be pleasantly surprised in what he could get hold of, and take the club forward."

Way implies that he has been exposed to the takeover process, but adds that his primary focus is on the football club itself. He believes that from what he has seen so far of the process and the prospective Ownership has been very professional:

"It's been very very professional. But unfortunately when you sell a house, it takes time, and that could fall through at any moment. What we've got to do is to make sure that if it was to happen, everyone makes sure they're doing their best for the football club. Nothing else - the football club. That's one thing for sure that I'm going to do. I'm going to lead a team, and sign the right players for this football club, to move forward to 2022."


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1 February 2019 : Bailey And Henry Leave Huish Park
Yeovil Town midfielder James Bailey and striker Korrey Henry have had their contracts torn up by mutual consent. Former Carlisle United player Bailey had been out injured for 13 months, and although he was back in full training, there was an obvious question of how much he would be able to contribute before his contract runs out in the summer of 2019. Meanwhile Henry's time since arriving from West Ham United last summer has been somewhat of a disappointment, with the striker only managing a small handful of substitute appearances.

Bailey's last appearance for the club came on Boxing Day 2017, when he went in for a block tackle at Whaddon Road, coming out with knee ligament problems that have required two operations. There have been various reports of him making a return, but without any of those reaching fruition. Overall he made 29 appearances for Yeovil Town.

Henry made five appearances for the club, all from the substitutes bench. However he's been given just 12 minutes worth of football since August 17th, with most of his playing time coming during a one month loan period with Poole Town during October, with the club recalling him from that deal. However, since his return, he has only managed two further substitute appearances and has not been seen on a teamsheet since November 24th.

The club describe Bailey's departure as following discussions between the player and the medical department, rather than one involving first team manager Darren Way.

Link: Korrey Henry : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: James Bailey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 February 2019 : Huish Park Ticket Office And Club Store Closed Today
The Huish Park Ticket Office and Huish Park Club Store are closed today. With overnight snow having fallen in Yeovil and the surrounding area, both areas will be closed all day, so please do not travel or try to call during Friday.

With the exception of tickets for tomorrow's Stevenage fixture, you can still purchase tickets online. However, they'll not be picked up and processed until Monday now, so bear that in mind. For those travelling to Broadhall Way tomorrow, tickets are available from Stevenage's Ticket Office and through cash on the turnstiles at no extra charge.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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